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China trip sailor had 4-day fight for his life.

AN Irish yachtsman who set sail for China was shipwrecked in the Mediterranean.

Peter Hogan spent three days clinging to his upturned boat as storms raged.

The 45-year-old then took to his life raft and survived 18 hours in a force nine gale before being picked up by a passing ship.

"It was terrifying, I thought I was going to die," said artist Peter, who has just got back home to Dublin.

"I spent four days praying to be rescued as well as thanking God nobody was with me.


"I couldn't have lived with myself if I had been responsible for the death of others."

Hogan left Dublin last November with his girlfriend intending to sail to China on his yacht the Molly B.

The couple were given a spectacular send off from Poolbeg by Dick Spring.

But after stopping in the south of France, Hogan resumed his journey alone last weekend and choppy waters soon upturned his yacht and broke the mast.

"I suppose I was taking the Mediterranean too casually," he said.

"I don't plan to sail for quite some time."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 1996
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