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British rower fails in bid to cross Pacific

Reuters

Posted April 4 2003, 10:18 AM EST

LONDON - A British adventurer who battled epilepsy and high winds in an attempt to row solo across the Pacific has failed for the second time to complete the trip.

Bricklayer Andrew Halsey, 45, was picked up by a Panamanian fishing boat some 130 miles off the Galapagos Islands on Thursday night before being transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Munro, the Ocean Rowing Society in London said.

"His journey is over,'' Kenneth Crutchlow, the society's executive director said on Friday. "He is safe and well and recovering on the boat.''

Halsey is expected to arrive in Guatemala, the fishing boat's next port of call, on April 8, said Crutchlow.

Halsey, from London, begun his mission to row the 9,000 miles from Peru to Australia last November.

He was forced to give up after running out of food and supplies.

Had he been successful, Halsey would have joined an elite club -- only two oarsmen have managed to emulate trans-Pacific solo rower Peter Bird, who arrived in Australia in 1983 after 294 days at sea. 

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