Lifeboat rescues young man on record breaking sail attempt

THE RNLI Inshore Lifeboat in Hastings came to the rescue of a young man stranded two miles out at sea while trying to complete a record-breaking charity sail around the UK.

Ludo Bennett-Jones, 21, is trying to raise £100,000 and break two world records for the youngest person to sail a 16ft dinghy around the UK in the shortest time.

He was sailing along the Hastings coast around 11am on Saturday when the rudder snapped off. He called for help and the Lifeboat was launched from Hastings at 11.13am.

The boat reached him 13 minutes later and towed him back to their station.

A replacement rudder arrived from Portsmouth on Sunday and the Lifeboat crew assisted in re-launching the dinghy back into the sea.

Ludo, an accomplished sailor from Oxford, set out from Cowes on the Isle of Wight on April 28 to take on the mammoth 2,500 mile challenge.

He is raising money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Sport Relief and expected to complete his journey at East Cowes on Thursday.

Follow his progress on Twitter @Love_Ludo