Sailor arrested after illegally entering UK waters
A Turkish sailor who became obsessed with a British woman has been arrested as he headed toward the Westcountry coast in a tiny yacht.
Ramazan Noyan Culum is to be deported after immigration officers intercepted his boat in the English Channel.
It is understood the man had sailed the 16ft vessel from his home country to British waters, in search of a woman he had met in 2005.
The UK Border Force confirmed a 38-year-old sailor was intercepted by its cutter HMC Valiant late on Friday night in seas close to the Devon coast.
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The yacht was towed to Plymouth Yacht Haven at Turnchapel and Culum was arrested.
His boat – the Ninova – remains at Plymouth Yacht Haven. Culum has spent much of this year sailing to the UK from Turkey in an effort to track down the woman he claims he met in Cyprus.
The UK Border Agency confirmed a Turkish man was awaiting removal from the UK "after he attempted to enter the UK illegally on his yacht."