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Video shows Dorset 'US-bound' sailor rescue

17 August 2014 Last updated at 15:31 BST

A sailor has been rescued three miles off the coast of Dorset after trying to sail to the US in a 14ft (4.3m) dinghy.

The Bulgarian national had set out from Christchurch Harbour on Saturday when a passing yachtsman saw he looked seasick as he ventured into choppy seas.

Initially, the man refused help, but was eventually dragged on to an RNLI lifeboat and brought to shore.

The RNLI said the man, whose only navigational aid was a street map of Southampton, faced certain death.