A British sailor who was adrift in the Caribbean for two days without food was shocked when his mayday was answered – by a neighbour.
Yachtsman John Fildes made a distress call after his vessel – named Dangerous When Wet – lost its sails in a storm.
He was rescued off Puerto Rico by the 113,000-tonne superliner Crown Princess captained by Alistair Clark who lives just around the corner from him in Warsash, Hampshire.
Speaking after the rescue, Capt Clark said: 'I was glad to lend assistance, especially to someone who lives around the corner.'
A Princess Cruises spokesman said: 'The seas are very big and for two people to meet randomly at sea is rare. However, this is unique as they live a mile apart.
'They didn't know each other before but they do now.'