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Yachtsman hailed for distress call.

Byline: By GERRY HOLT South Wales Echo

A yachtsman who alerted the Coastguard after he fell injuring one of his legs has been praised for his quick reaction. Nicholas Bailey, 40, from Cardiff, was fixing the engine of his 11-metre yacht when he slipped and fell into a shaft.

The man, from Bradford Street, in Grangetown, Cardiff, thought he had broken his leg and quickly alerted Swansea Coastguard at 9.25pm last night.

Barry Dock Lifeboat, Barry Coastguard and the rescue 169 helicopter were called to Mr Bailey's boat, The Lorna, as it travelled to Watchet in West Somerset, Bristol Channel.

A paramedic on board the lifeboat said Mr Bailey's leg was badly bruised but not broken, and crew aboard the lifeboat helped him sail to safety.

A spokesperson for Swansea Coastguard said: 'He can be highly commended for calling us in a timely fashion. He did the right thing and called us and it was successfully resolved.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 22, 2005
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