The crewman of a lifeboat orchestrated a dramatic sea rescue approximately 4000 miles away from the Caribbean from a DIY store in the UK.

When Alex Evans answered his phone, he was stunned to hear his best friend Mark Corbett, 25 shouting for his help. The RNLI volunteer, 27, from Aberystwyth, west Wales, was even more perturbed when he discovered his friend claimed he was in a fast sinking ship called the Titanic.

The call came just a day prior to April 1 as he lined up with his mother to pay at a DIY store in his home town.

After ensuring he was not the butt of a practical joke, Mr Evans coordinated a sea rescue from the store’s kitchen section, quickly taking down the grid reference of the 1700 ton ship’s location on a till receipt and alerting Milford Haven’s coastguard.

It was later discovered that the Titanic belonged to a company called White Star Ltd, which was the same name as the cruise line which owned the ill-fated original. Mr Evans said he was called because it was the only number he could remember in is panic.

He said Mr Corbett, also from Aberystwyth, was near the island of Grenada, in the Atlantic, and the engine room had already taken 8ft of water. The ship was too far from shore to use its VHF radio, lack of power had cut off long range radio links, and the small crew only had a satellite phone.


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