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Solo rower rescued from Pacific 

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 04 April 2003 

An eccentric rower has been rescued after losing a battle to outwit the elements on 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 the United States Coast Guard vessel Monro where his condition was being evaluated.

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

The former London brickie had run out of food and supplies, his satellite phone was cut off and he was left drifting dangerously off course in the shark infested waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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 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.

Mr Crutchlow said at the time: "I am worried about him. I think he feels more comfortable out there than he is sitting at his flat in Russell Square because he does have a difficult life here."

Seventy-two days into his journey from Peru to Australia, and in the grip of entirely contrary winds and currents, Mr Halsey was in exactly the same distance from Brisbane as when he set out on November 25 -- 8,108 miles.

"You can't help but admire his tenacity and perseverance but he is just not making any progress," said Mr Crutchlow.

Mr Halsey, who has epilepsy, had already suffered at least four seizures but maintained throughout the trip that his spirits were high and he had absolutely no intention of giving up the attempt. "Perhaps I'll make it the longest row in history," he said.

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