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Sink or Swim

Glenn Crawley, 55, calls himself a “man of the water” who practices “extreme sailing.” The Royal National Lifeboat Institution calls him “Captain Calamity” after having to rescue Crawley from the water 13 times in the past 7 years, at a cost of “at least” 2,500 pounds (US$4,000) per rescue. “If you don’t capsize, you’re not trying hard enough,” Crawley shrugs. In his most recent rescue, he was trying to ride a giant wave off Newquay, Cornwall, England. The wave, the biggest in England, is known as “The Widow Maker”, and it broke Crawley’s catamaran into pieces. He rejects criticism of coastguardsmen, and promises to get a new boat. “I’d appreciate it if people would get off my case and give me some support,” Crowley complains. “People are so keen to criticize. They need to look at the big picture.” (RC/London Telegraph) ...And here everyone thought $52,000 worth of rescues was the big picture.
Original Publication Date: 03 October 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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