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British man rows across Indian Ocean

6/16/2003

1:05:33 PM

London, June 16 - British oarsman Simon Chalk completed an epic solo voyage across the Indian Ocean on Sunday, securing his place in the record books although the exact record he will be credited with remains unclear.

Chalk, from Devon in southwest England, covered around 3,200 miles (5.100 kilometres) after setting off from Kalbarri, western Australia on February 27, spending 108 days at sea in his self-righting rowing boat true spirit.

He reached the little-known Raphael island on Sunday, passing a key line of longitude which enabled him to claim the ocean crossing.

From the island he was to be towed to nearby Mauritius.

The 30-year-old adventurer, a property developer on dry land, becomes the first Briton and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean. 

The oarsman carried out the feat solo because his Welsh rowing partner Rob Munslow pulled out of the attempt.

Chalk's previous bid to cross the Indian Ocean last May ended with he and his partner clinging to their capsized boat for 15 hours in shark infested waters before rescue.

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