Canoe attempt fails

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The Independent Online
Two Dutch pensioners failed in an attempt to canoe across the North Sea for the second time in 50 years. Ernst Sillem, 69, and Jaap Mesdag, 70, first attempted the 100-mile voyage in September 1942 while trying to escape the Nazi-occupied Netherlands and join the Allied war effort in Britain. Their latest abortive attempt ended yesterday when their motorised canoe capsized 17 miles off the Suffolk coast.