Man sets sail using iPad for navigation, crashes into ferry when wifi disappears
David Carlin, 34, thought it would be a good idea to set sail in his boat using just his iPad for navigation (Picture: RNLI-Cleethorpes)

A man decided it would be a good idea to set sail in his Second World War boat with just his iPad as navigation. 

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David Carlin, 34, didn’t last that long though because soon after, he crashed into a ferry after his wifi connection disappeared.

The 34-year-old accidentally navigated the 50ft wooden Peggotty, which did not even have a compass, into the main shipping lane of the Humber Estuary during dense fog and then crashed into a cargo ferry last May.

Man set sail with just an iPad for navigation then crashed into ferry after wifi disappeared
Mr Carlin and his wife had been trying to sell the vessel (Picture: Facebook)

His vessel sunk within half an hour and Mr Carlin, a pilot with Associated British Ports, was forced to put out a Mayday call.

Mr Carlin and his passenger had been relying on a navigation app on an iPad when the collision occurred.

Now, he has been fined £3,000 for breaching maritime laws and suspended from his job.

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Peggotty after the collision, showing the stowed mast and deployed liferaft Picture: RNLI-Cleethorpes
Mr Carlin has been fined £3,000 for breaching maritime laws and suspended from his job.(Picture: RNLI-Cleethorpes)

According to The Sun, Mr Carlin was on his way from Grimsby to Hull to get a survey done of the vessel because he and his wife Hannah wanted to sell it.

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Gwen Lancaster, of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Hull Marine Office, said: ‘I am surprised this collision, which could easily have resulted in far worse consequences, occurred in the first place.

‘Both vessels were under the command of experienced professional captains who should have known better.’