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British solo rower rescued from Pacific 

Story filed: 22:13 Thursday 3rd April 2003
A British rower has been rescued during his second attempt to row the Pacific single-handed.

Andrew Halsey, 45, from north London, was picked up by a fishing ship flying the Panamanian flag before being transferred to a US Coast Guard vessel.

His 25ft ocean rowing boat Brittany Rose was cast adrift, according to the Ocean Rowing Society.

Mr Halsey had run out of food and supplies, his satellite phone was cut off and he was left drifting dangerously off course in shark infested waters. Rescue officials are evaluating his health.

Earlier in the journey, he had told Kenneth Crutchlow, executive director of the Ocean Rowing Society in Camden, north London: "Don't worry I am going to keep going, I can sit out here for years."

Mr Halsey - who has epilepsy - had told him that he did not want to be rescued, since it could result in the loss of the Brittany Rose and it was his only asset.

He set out on his journey from Peru to Australia on November 25. After 72 days and in the grip of contrary winds and currents he was exactly the same distance from Brisbane as when he set off - 8,108 miles.
 

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