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Radio Caroline DJ Nick Richards on the 200 Voices podcast
200 Voices an RNLI podcast

‘The ship could’ve taken all our lives’

Episode 26 - The Last of the Pirates: Nick Richards

The day the RNLI rescued pirates – former Radio Caroline DJ Nick Richards reflects on the event that inspired a lifelong affinity with the charity.

The Mi Amigo was a rusting hulk. She had a seized engine, no ship’s wheel, and somebody had even made off with the compass. Yet, in the 1960s, this was a boat with legions of fans, including the DJs who called the Mi Amigo home.

Nick Richards takes us back to the days of Radio Caroline, the radio station that broadened musical horizons from a ship anchored off the Essex coast. Nick, one of four DJs rescued when the Mi Amigo began to sink, recalls the day Sheerness RNLI came to their aid. But there was a fifth crew member on board that day – what happened to the ship’s canary, Wilson?