Record Breaking Rowing Attempt To Miami Scuttled

8 Apr

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An attempt to row a boat more than 3,500 miles from Dakar, Senegal to Miami was scuttled off the coast of Puerto Rico on Saturday.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s “Africa to the Americas Expedition” left January 23rd from Dakar, Senegal to row unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean 3569 nautical miles to South Florida. Four men, two from the U.S. and two from Canada, rowed to provide propulsion while solar and wind power to charge its instruments.

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Early Saturday, 73 days into the journey, the men aboard their “James Robert Hanssen” row boat sent out a distress signal to the Coast Guard after it capsized in rough seas. The signal was from a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) attached to a life jacket was activated approximately 400 miles north of Puerto Rico.

The Coast Guard sent out a C-130 airplane which was able to…

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