Thu, 08 Dec 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland: Irishman Damien Browne, seeking to become the first person to row from New York to Galway, was forced to end his travels at Furbo beach, only a short distance from his finishing point.

However, with 2,686 hours at sea and over 3450 nautical miles rowed, Browne claims his place as the first person in history to row from the coast of New York to the west coast of Ireland.

After being forced onto the rocks at Furbo beach, Browne contacted Chris Martin, the journey's land support officer, who then called emergency services, who soon rescued Browne.

Three local Gardas found Browne and brought him to shore.

After thanking the Garda, Browne said he was "gutted" at not reaching his final destination in Ireland, Galway Bay, according to the Irish Examiner.

The journey has raised funds for four charities, including Galway Simon Community, Ability West, Madra and the National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

More than 44,000 euros have so far been collected.

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