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Richard Branson

Virgin Challenger capsizes

15 Aug, 1985

richard-branson-virginchallenger-1The speedboat overturns in heavy seas 140 miles short of its target, the Scilly Islands off Cornwall in the southwest of England. It had already developed a  fuel leak, and was only able to continue after picking up more petrol in an unscheduled rendezvous with a container ship. The crew, including Branson, are spotted floating in life boats by helicopters from the Royal Navy air station at Culdrose, Cornwall. They are picked up by a passing ship and airlifted to hospital.


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