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I swear you can’t make this stuff up

Posted by Lissa on May 6, 2009

I’m just not that creative!

An expedition team which set sail from Plymouth on a 5,000-mile carbon emission-free trip to Greenland have been rescued by an oil tanker.

Raoul Surcouf, Richard Spink and skipper Ben Stoddart sent a mayday because they feared for their safety amid winds of 68mph (109km/h).

All three are reportedly exhausted but safe on board the Overseas Yellowstone.

I am very glad  that the three men were safely rescued.

That said, the real question is — does this story more closely resemble something out of The Onion, or Scrappleface?

UPDATE: Oops!  h/t The Corner

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3 Responses to “I swear you can’t make this stuff up”

  1. Borepatch said

    You must be a denier …

  2. Brad K. said

    Thor Heyerdahl made his trek from Egypt to Central America on the Kon-Tiki, made of papyrus reeds. I figure any other “green” approach is dwarfed by his shadow.

    The one I like is the tree huggers that went up North to the Artic Circle to document how much the ice pack is thinning – then had to be rescued, without finding any place that the ice isn’t thicker than the year before..

    Enjoy!

  3. totwtytr said

    One of the downsides of being in the rescue/medical/saving people from their own folly business is that one can’t help but get the feeling that each dimwit we save is just another chip out of the structure of human evolution.

    People as umbday as these three should probably die for their stupidity, preferably before the spawn. Alas, as a society we have opted to spend countless billions of dollars to ensure that this doesn’t happen and that people who engage in anti survival activities don’t suffer the painful consequences. We’ll regret that someday soon.

    Ironically, the Surcouf was a pre WWII French submarine that was rammed and sunk by a freighter in 1942. That crew didn’t survive their errors.

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