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Record attempt rowers rescued after boat overturns in Atlantic

Record attempt rowers rescued after boat overturns in Atlantic

Five people were rescued off the coast of Galveston on Saturday afternoon after their boat capsized.

Brian Conville, 25, from Dublin and Joseph Gagnon, 20, from Quebec, Canada, were found hanging on for dear life in the vast Atlantic Ocean after their boat failed to right itself. They sent their rescue boat to rescue the five on board. Afterward, the Coast Guard picked up the rescued mariners and brought them ashore.

Mr Conville's spokesman, Owen Douglas, told BBC News NI that both rowers had suffered mild hypothermia and exhaustion but were recovering well.

Since their departure, the rowers have been rotating two hours shift on the oars, night and day.

They were aiming to arrive in Crookhaven Harbour, County Cork, late on Sunday, but stormy seas overwhelmed their vessel before dawn on Friday.




The Irish and Canadian men were around 165 nautical miles south west of Cork's Mizen head when the incident happened.

The men had to climb on the hull of their overturned boat and await rescue after an alarm beacon was triggered, according to Tatiana Rezvaya-Crutchlow from the Ocean Rowing Society.

She said: "It was a lot of stress but we were in touch and in contact with the Irish Coast Guard so we knew that they were trying to do their best". They are safe. That's the most important thing.

The people on board activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), and the distress signal alerted the Coast Guard.


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