Rescued sailor could make pounds 1m

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Tony Bullimore, the rescued British yachtsman, is counting the cost to his health of his four-day ordeal in the Southern Ocean. The sailor, 56, suffered frostbitten fingers and feet as he waited to be rescued from the hull of his yacht which capsized during the Vendee Globe round-the- world race.

Doctors may have to amputate his frostbitten left index finger when Mr Bullimore arrives in Fremantle, Australia, tomorrow in a navy frigate.

A former Navy doctor said yesterday the sailor, 56, could also be suffering from "trench foot" because he had been standing in cold water for a long time.

However, Mr Bullimore has the consolation of numerous film, television, book and newspaper offers for his remarkable story, as well as product endorsement offers which have poured in since his rescue.

Max Markson, the manager of Sydney promotions firm Markson Sparks, said: "Mr Bullimore is going to be a wealthy man. He could also endorse products for the sailing and boating industry. I don't know what his hair is like, but Advanced Hair Studio is always looking for people to use for endorsement."

According to Mr Markson, Mr Bullimore could make at least pounds 1m over the next year from rights and endorsements, as well as pounds 250,000 over the next fortnight from media offers for exclusive rights for his story.

An Australian television network is reported to have offered pounds 130,000 for an interview with Mr Bullimore and his wife, Lalel. Mrs Bullimore is expected to join her husband in Australia tomorrow.

n Fears mounted last night for the safety of Gerry Roufs, 43, of Canada, another yachtsman in the Vendee Globe round-the-world race, who has not been heard of since Tuesday. His last reported position was south of Easter Island and west of the tip of South America.