Man and boy blown
across the Irish Sea
Helpless in a
saved their lives
for 36 hours with high seas, a man and boy in a small rowing boat
were blown across the Irish Sea and ran ashore at Kilkeel, County
They were John E
Jones, aged 25, and Thomas J Roberts, aged 15, of Tudweiliog
At 11am on
Wednesday they set out from Tudweiliog in their 14ft boat to put
down lobster pots off the coast.
task was completed the boy lost an oar, and they found themselves
helpless in a rising sea.
A strong wind
was blowing off the coast, and they were rapidly carried into mid
Mr. Jones told
the Daily Mail reporter “In the darkness of Thursday morning we were
driven off the South Stack, Holyhead. We hailed a steamer, but it
did not notice us, and we were left to the
mercy of the storm”.
“We decided to
take a chance and getting the boat into the direction of the wind,
allowed ourselves to be driven westward” Mr Jones added that their
lives had been saved by this manoeuvre.”
“At times the
boat was almost filled completely with water, and we were both
drenched to the skin and very cold. We had no food”.
voyage across we sighted two steamers, but we were not noticed.
Altogether we saw six ships, but we failed to attract their
we took off our coats and hoisted them up, but even this was of no
avail. There was a fog, and probably this was the reason why we were
“I baled the
boat with my hat. We had almost given up hope when we saw the
outline of the Irish coast, and letting the boat drift we were
washed up on shore. The boat was smashed when it struck the rocky
coast, but we were able to scramble ashore”.
There was great
rejoicing at the little village of Tudweiliog when news arrived of
the safety of the two young fishermen.
mother told a Daily Mail reporter that she did not sleep or eat
during the two days her son was missing, but she never gave up hope.
Mrs Roberts had despaired of seeing her son again. He recently left
school, and although his parents wanted him to take a university
course he insisted on going to sea.
Mr Jones and
Roberts will return home today. They are expected to reach Liverpool