From MCA news room:
MAN ATTEMPTS TO SAIL FROM DORSET TO IRELAND IN INFLATABLE DINGHY
A man's been safely brought back to shore after attempting to sail from Dorset to Ireland in a 6ft inflatable dinghy.
Portland Coastguard received a call just after 3pm yesterday from a range safety craft reporting concern for a man in an inflatable dinghy approximately 2.7 nautical miles south of Durdle Door. The man was heading for Ireland in a 6ft beach blow-up dinghy. With him were two paddles, one used as a mast accompanied by a plastic sheet as a sail, and the other used as a rudder to steer. Aboard was a limited amount of food and drink.
Portland Coastguard put out a broadcast requesting further information about the dinghy. A dive vessel, transiting the area at the time, responded with a sighting, provided a position and approached the dinghy to assess the situation. Portland Coastguard was informed that the occupant of the dinghy did not require any assistance. After finishing their diving operations, the dive vessel returned to the scene and was able to recover the man and take him into Lulworth Cove. He was met there at 8.30pm by the Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team, Police and Ambulance, and received treatment for a high degree of sunburn. It later transpired that the man left Osmington Mills at 9am that morning.
Is he Irish by any chance