Frenchman trying to row Atlantic rescued off Canada

12th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

MONTREAL, July 12 (AFP) - A Frenchman attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a rowboat has been rescued in chilly waters off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canadian officials said Monday.

MONTREAL, July 12 (AFP) - A Frenchman attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a rowboat has been rescued in chilly waters off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canadian officials said Monday.

Jean Lukes, 39, pushed off from Cape Cod on the Massachusetts coast on June 26, hoping to reach Brest in Brittany in fewer than 72 days.

He was forced to abort his voyage after just three weeks however, after falling ill, according to Canadian naval officials who dispatched a helicopter to rescue him some 130 nautical miles (241 kilometers) south of Halifax.

The Frenchman, who was in a weak but otherwise healthy condition, was being examined at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Halifax.

© AFP

 

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