British sailor made ‘traumatic’ decision to sink his boat as he was rescued by Cunard liner from Atlantic storm –

Meanwhile coordinators radioed the luxury QM2 for assistance, which diverted its course and headed to the scene, arriving at around 1pm on Saturday.

Mr Wheatley, a father-of-two of Newton Ferrers, Devon, served 33 years as an officer in the Royal Marines, according to the RWYC.

Daniel Bailey, maritime operations officer for the UK Coastguard, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support and professionalism that the RMS Queen Mary 2 provided during this rescue.”