Barrister Richard Hendron rescued by helicopter after boat capsizes off Spanish coast

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‘A difficult day in the office!’

Credit: Richard Hendron (Facebook)

Barrister Richard Hendron had to be rescued by helicopter after his sailing boat capsized off the Spanish coast.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the lawyer-cum-sailing enthusiast provides a detailed blow-by-blow account of his brush with death which eventually resulted in him being airlifted to safety by the coastguard.

Richard, 38, was sailing along the Spanish coast in the Bay of Biscay with the intention of making an Atlantic crossing. “The conditions were reasonable with a steady sea state,” he writes. “Nothing that would raise an eyebrow.”

But the sea conditions soon changed. “Suddenly I was surrounded by breaking waves, and they were big,” Richard explains. “Two minutes later, I looked right and see a wave as big as a football stadium about to come crashing down on my boat, don’t know where it came from but I braced for impact.” The resulting impact left the barrister’s modest vessel with ripped sails, torn solar panels and severely flooded.

Now without power or steering and drifting perilously close to rocks, Richard is forced to press the emergency button on his radio. “[I] get nothing back,” he says. “I have no idea if [the] emergency signal went through.”

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Still unsure if help was on the way, Richard — twin brother of barrister Henry Hendron — eventually bailed out of the badly damaged boat and into a life raft.

Fortunately, help was on its way. Dramatic footage posted by Richard (embedded above) shows the moment he was winched to safety by helicopter. Describing it as a “difficult day in the office”, Richard has since launched a crowdfunding page to enable him to continue his voyage.

The dramatic rescue comes just weeks after Richard was sanctioned by a bar disciplinary tribunal for not attending a hearing in which he was due to represent a client.

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McKenzie Fiend

Why exactly should I crowdfund a barrister’s/tabloid journalist’s jaunt across the Atlantic?



Exactly. The crowdfunding should be for the emergency services who had to waste their time on him.



Hahahah what is it with these two. The reverse Midas touch.


Oh the irony

Just re-read article in the context of the link you included about him, which mentions he’s a former UKIP activist. I wonder whether this is one reason why the (presumably) European rescue crew doesn’t receive an explicit thanks in his Go Fund Me missive? Maybe its unfair and he’s profusely thanked them separately.

@Mackenzie Fiend, Anon 11:20 – Yep, nothing on the Go Fund Me introductory text suggests a dime is going to the rescuers, its all to help him get his boat repaired and back out to sea.

It takes all sorts to make up the human race ….


Hichard Rendron

How this man always ends up in the news…



The same way as anyone else on this site. They slip a tenner into Alex’s pocket


Nihilist lawyer

I’m so.tired. meaningless. Nothing.matters


mark Chiffon

Hat of to the bloke though – takes balls to go sailing alone in Winter – though probably he is utterly bonkers. He gets a lot of slack but he is not actually that bad.



Balls or twattery. I go with twattery.



Most scary moment with regard to personal safety and well-being ✅

Most scary situation including things that include professional misconduct and / or reputation damaging allegations: barely makes the top 20.


Beyonce Brenda

How does this guy get any insurance? Professional or otherwise?



Travelling across the Atlantic in peak winter storm season in a tiny craft. What a tool.



Why was he in Biscay in the first place? In November? Alone? He should have been over 200 nm out beyond any shore, let alone in sight of rocks. Sailors headed for the Canaries dont meet breaking waves on the shore unless they have zero brains and experience. To leave a floating boat is also wrong. Crowd funding is an insult. He gives serious sailors a bad name.


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