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Amateur sailors rescued twice in 24 hours

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A group of sailors were rescued twice in 24 hours this week after failing to properly prepare for voyage.

The three men set out at 3pm from Canvey Island in Essex on Wednesday (September 19), and ran aground on rocks about 15 miles into their journey.

According to The Daily Telegraph, they called emergency services to say they had "no idea where they were", and were later found at 6pm by a search crew.

Rather than returning to land with the rescue party, the men insisted on continuing a 40-mile journey to Harwich, despite having no radio, flares or charts.

On Thursday, the trio ran aground for a second time at Jaywick near Clacton-on-Sea, ten miles from their destination.

The men then attempted to swim to shore, prompting onlookers to make calls to the coastguard.

Officials rescued the men from the water, with one needing to be rushed to the hospital for chest pains and hypothermia.

The trip apparently should have taken no longer than three hours.

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