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Julian Mustoe appeal

Yachtsman Julian Nustoe being rescued in the middle of the North Sea by Norwegian Coastguard - Photo: Norwegian Coastguard

FRIENDS of lone yachtsman Julian Mustoe have set up a crowd-funding page to help him get back on his feet.

 The 82-year old, who has been living on his yacht Harrier of Down for the last 15 years, lost everything when the 25ft yacht sank off the Norwegian coast on Thursday.

Mustoe sparked an international search and rescue operation on Tuesday night when the Harrier lost steering half way between Shetland and Norway in mountainous seas and came within half a mile of Total’s Alwyn platform.

Julian Mustoe

He refused to be airlifted from his drifting vessel and was only taken onboard the Norwegian Coastguard cutter Bergen the following day after assurances that his yacht would be taken under tow.

While being towed to Bergen the Harrier of Down took on a lot of water and sank in 300 metres of waters.

Harrier appeal coordinator Sue Haeser said Mustoe was safe but devastated by his loss.

“Now Harrier is lost, Julian has no home and has lost all his possessions. This is a terrible blow for a remarkable and courageous man.

“Julian’s friends have created a JustGiving website to raise funds from the yachting community and wider world to help him get back on his feet,” she said.

Between 2001 and 2012, Mustoe circumnavigated the globe in his now lost yacht following closely the track of the Darwin’s voyage on board the HMS Beagle in the 1830s.

He published the account of his journey in The Voyage of the Harrier.

The JustGiving page can be found at: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/harrierappeal