British sailor Tony Bullimore dies aged 79. 1997 Saved by the Australian Navy after being stranded in the Southern Ocean for four days when his yacht capsized

British sailor Tony Bullimore, whose story of survival made international headlines, has died at the age of 79.The BBC and ITV News reported that the veteran yachtsman died after being diagnosed with cancer

In 1997, he was miraculously saved by the Australian Navy after being stranded in the Southern Ocean for four days when his yacht capsized.

Mr Bullimore had been taking part in the Vendรฉe Globe single-handed race and used an emergency beacon to attract attention 2,500-kilometre away from the Australian coast.Images of Mr Bullimore being rescued were big news across the world, and in the vision he was seen kissing his rescuers on the cheek.

The sailor, who survived winds of up to 160 kilometres-an-hour, was feared to have drowned, after his boat, the Exide Challenger, capsized.But he was found crouched in the upturned hull of his yacht, after famously living on chocolate and water.

Source: British sailor Tony Bullimore dies aged 79 after being diagnosed with cancer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)