A CHAMPION sailor and adventurer suffered serious injuries after a car crash with a lorry.
John Margarson, originally from Queensferry, sustained serious leg, hip, arm and facial injuries in the crash, which happened near Newport in Shropshire.
The 64-year-old was trapped in his car for about 90 minutes before emergency services released him from the vehicle.
Mr Margarson, who now lives in Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, is a well known mariner who spent seven years in the 1980s travelling around the world in a self-made boat.
He also travelled solo on a 30-day 3,000 mile trip across the Atlantic Ocean in the world-famous Jester Challenge boat race.
Last week the accountant was travelling back to his home with wife Isabel after visiting his mother, Margaret, in the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Margaret, who has run the Shotton Post Office branch for more than 45 years, suffered a spinal stroke and may never walk again.
On his return from the visit, John crashed with a lorry on the A41, Chester Road, Chetwynd, at about 4.20pm.
His father, John Snr, 88, who has worked as a postmaster at Sandycroft Post Office for more than 60 years, said it was a “miracle” he had survived, describing his injuries as “life-threatening”.
He said: “There were two off-duty paramedics who stopped at the scene.
“That was a miracle. They have saved his life. We are very fortunate that he is still alive.”
John’s wife, Isabel, a Brazilian doctor he met while he on his trip around the world in 1980, was unhurt in the collision.
John Snr said: “His brain is OK and he is conscious, but he can’t remember anything from the crash.
“He is a remarkable man. He has got guts.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said an ambulance, paramedic officer, and paramedic and doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.
They added: “Crews arrived to find a car and a heavy goods vehicle that had been in a significant collision.
Both vehicles had suffered substantial front-end damage.
“The driver of the car received emergency treatment while still in the car, including pain relief, as emergency services worked to ensure he was released as quickly and as safely as possible.
“The roof of the vehicle was removed with the man being extricated and immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar.
“He was then transferred by ambulance to University Hospital North Staffordshire major trauma unit for emergency treatment.
“The lorry driver was uninjured in the crash.”
John, who has lived on the Cook Islands and ran a sailing school in Australia, has more than 30 years of sailing experience.
Last year, he won the Jester Challenge Plymouth to Azores race.