Sailor falls over board as yacht heads across the Solent

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Man left with fractured cheek bones and eye socket after Gosport assault

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RESCUERS had to chase a yacht across the Solent after the lone sailor on board fell off.

The Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) was called to reports of a man in the water about a mile off Browndown in Gosport this morning.

His yacht had been put on auto-pilot to sail to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

But a passing vessel caused a wash which knocked him off the boat.

Luckily for the sailor, he had been spotted by a passing dredger, the Goole Star and was plucked out of the water.

The Gafirs crew then picked him up and reunited him with the yacht, which had sailed a mile.