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Man Rescued From Paddleboard In English Channel

11th October 2016
The ‘mystery’ paddleboarder was picked up from the English Channel on Sunday 9 October The ‘mystery’ paddleboarder was picked up from the English Channel on Sunday 9 October Photo: Dover Marina/Facebook

#Rescue - A German national clad in only shorts, a fleece and a hat was rescued from the English Channel seven miles off the British coast on Sunday morning (9 October).

But according to, there have been conflicting reports as to how the stand-up paddleboarder wound up in his predicament, following his discovery by a diving team off Dover at first light.

First indications that the tourist had set off from France the night before to cross to the UK had been met with scepticism by one of the divers who first approached him.

“His claim was that he’d left [France] at midnight and had managed to paddle something like 14 odd miles in seven hours. It’s a bit odd,” diver Chris Webb told The Independent.

However, the Dover Marina Facebook page now says the paddler has been identified as Alexander Hahn, so set off a number of weeks ago from Coburg following the waterways of Germany and France towards Britain.

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  • Comment Link Shane Kennedy. 12th October 2016 posted by Shane Kennedy.

    We can't litigate to deal with idiots. We shouldn't even try. The result is that seamen (and women) are further encumbered by red tape, and the idiots continue to do idiotic things. That goes especially for commercial fishermen (the red tape and the idiocy).

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