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Paddleboarder from Germany picked up seven miles from UK coastline

He was only wearing a hat, fleece and shorts.

A man was picked up seven miles from the UK coastline on a stand-up paddleboard, wearing just a hat, fleece and shorts. The nature of the paddleboarder’s reason for being at sea remains unclear, with conflicting reports from eyewitnesses and Government officials. The man, an EU national who has not been named, was spotted by divers off the coast of Dover at dawn on Sunday. A Home Office spokesman said the man had become disorientated on his paddleboard

The man was a German tourist in distress but who was in the country legally – he was not an illegal immigrant. He had been on the water for some time having gone out on his paddleboard and was picked up by HMS Valiant.

Home Office spokesman

Nigel Scutt, a marine researcher who runs the Dover-Marina.com website, said: “He said he had made his way across the Channel from France, leaving at about midnight. The divers saw him at about 7.30am, so he was probably just over halfway towards the UK. There is quite a lot of this going on, but it is a polarising issue so the Government does not want it known.”

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Standup paddleboarding

Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding(SUP)(Hoe he'e nalu in the Hawaiian language) are offshoots of surfing that originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.

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