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  • 11 July 2014, 12:09

Missing British Yachtsman Found In North Sea

A sailor who had been missing for a week has been found safe and well on his yacht in the North Sea.

It follows an extensive air and sea search by Humber Coastguard after they were contacted by his family.

They were concerned about the 69-year-old's whereabouts because the last telephone conversation they had with him was on Friday, July 4.

Rescuers found the North Yorkshireman on his 17ft yacht Equinox around 80 miles east of Spurn Point, at the mouth of the Humber.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said they found him "relatively quickly" thanks to an emergency positioning beacon aboard his yacht which was activated.

He had been last seen in the Kiel Canal in Brunsbuttel, Germany, and was said to have been planning his return to the UK.

Coastguards there carried out a similar search from Helgoland.

French, Belgian and Dutch coastguards were put on alert, and police had also logged a missing person's alert with Interpol.

Mike Green, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: "We are all absolutely delighted that this gentleman has been found alive and well.

"It is thanks to an excellent effort by all those involved in the search and rescue and is a testament to the value of emergency beacon equipment.

"It is important that yachtsmen planning this sort of passage have adequate communications and log a passage plan with a shore contact.

"The more information that is available to coastguards, the more concentrated we can make our search efforts," he added.