Ship saves exhausted pigeon in mid-Atlantic

Leading Seaman William Hughes with Paul

Leading Seaman William Hughes with Paul

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A RACING pigeon which got lost at sea is to be reunited with her owner after being saved 300 miles out in the Atlantic by the crew of a Royal Navy frigate.

The exhausted bird was wrongly named Paul by crew members, when she landed on the deck of HMS Somerset.

Since then, she has received much attention from the 185 men and women on board.

Leading Seaman William Hughes, an ex-pigeon fancier, said: ‘It was a stroke of luck that Paul found Somerset.

‘She will certainly have a few sea stories to tell to her fellow pigeons.’

It comes only weeks after the sailors on board Portsmouth-based HMS Diamond rescued two carrier pigeons which perched on their flight deck, exhausted from the journey.

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