Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Quadriplegic Sails Caribbean

A man with limited control of his arms, hands or legs has sailed around the Caribbean.

Sam Taylor, 27, from Sussex, made the 14 day trip in his wheelchair with the help of the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), which brings together the able-bodied and disabled on holidays which require team work.

The ship has wheelchair lifts between decks, braille signage, hearing loops and hand rails.

Purpose-built equipment means that users can reach the crow's nest at sea, which is so high people can see the curvature of the earth, and partially-sighted or blind people can climb the rigging.

Sam has quadriplegic cerebral palsy which he was diagnosed with at three months old. He  graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Digital Media in 2014 and was determined to travel independently upon completion.

Speaking to the Sussex Express Sam said: "Being hoisted 50ft in the air in my wheelchair in a harness up to the crow's nest as m y crew were on deck heaving me up by ropes was an experience that I will never forget.”

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