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Cap'n stick in the mud.

A NAVIGATION expert was left stranded on mudflats for seven hours after running his yacht aground.

Captain Peter Mitchell, 60, a former college lecturer, had no radio. He was rescued by lifeboatmen at a cost of pounds 8,000 after the fiasco on the River Wear.

Coastguard Simon Tait said: "It's really embarrassing for someone who is supposedly a marine navigation expert to run aground on a simple stretch of river like this. He must be so embarrassed."

Captain Mitchell, from Sunderland, was not available for comment. His wife Elizabeth said: "He would prefer just to forget about it."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2002
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