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10th time unlucky...<br />
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An incompetent sailor has been arrested by police after he sparked a 10th rescue operation in a month.<br />
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Accident prone Tim Freeman, 24, was detained on land close to where he had ran his 24ft yacht aground at the beach at Studland, Dorset.<br />
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Coastguards responded after a concerned member of the public reported seeing Mr Freeman stood in the surf struggling to control the vessel with a rope.<br />
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By the time the emergency services arrived the Mr Freeman had left the area. He was found a short while later and arrested by police and taken into custody.<br />
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It is hoped his detention will bring some respite to coastguard and lifeboat crews after Mr Freeman's calamitous solo voyages caused chaos at sea, costing them 20,000 pounds.<br />
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Before the latest rescue effort last night (Thurs), the hapless mariner had triggered nine emergency call outs in a month for incidents ranging from running aground to getting lost.<br />
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After he was rescued five times in a week by the RNLI off the Sussex coast, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency impounded his 21ft yacht for safety reasons.<br />
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But Mr Freeman walked away from the 2,500 pounds vessel and simply went and bought a slightly bigger one called Reginald in Plymouth, Devon.<br />
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After taking to sea again, the Sidmouth lifeboat was called out after he was seen attempting to run the yacht aground.<br />
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He then sailed to Swanage, Dorset, where the local lifeboat was called out twice, once for drifting dangerously close to the shoreline and then after he fouled his propeller with a rope.<br />
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Mr Freeman, from East Sussex, then ran the yacht aground again after getting lost and turning down a shallow channel in Poole Harbour.<br />
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Despite coastguard appeals for him to stick to dry land, the seaman left Wareham Quay yesterday (Thurs) and ran aground at Knoll Beach, Studland.<br />
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He was arrested on behalf of Warwickshire Police in connection with a non-maritime related incident.<br />
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He is alleged to have faile