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French Ocean Rower Rescued Off Canada's Coast, CBC Reports

12 July 2004

July 12 (Bloomberg) -- A French rower was airlifted from his boat off the coast of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia yesterday after failing in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported on its Web site.

Jean Lukes, 39, began his voyage 14 days ago in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, CBC said.

Lukes used a satellite phone to contact a rescue center in Gris-Nez, France, saying he was ill. The French officials contacted a rescue center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which sent a Cormorant helicopter to pick up Lukes, CBC said.

Lukes was treated at a Halifax hospital and released.

According to the British-based Web site Ocean Rowing Society, this was Lukes' fourth try to cross the Atlantic, CBC said.



To contact the reporter on this story:
Joe Schneider in Toronto at jschneider5@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Erik Schatzker in Toronto, eschatzker@bloomberg.net.


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