Kent sea crash pilot has 'lucky escape'

A microlight pilot had a "lucky escape" when he was rescued by a passing ship after crashing into the sea near Kent.

The man, from Herne Bay, ran into difficulties and made a crash-landing into the sea off the Deal coast at about 1900 BST on Sunday.

Crew on the dredger, the Britannia Beaver, saw the incident and managed to get a rope to the pilot and rescue him.

The man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate for treatment for hypothermia.

A spokesman for Dover Coastguard said the crew of Britannia Beaver did a fantastic job.

He added: "It was lucky for him that they were there as it was getting dark and if you go adrift in the dark it's difficult to get back again."

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