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French rower abandons transatlantic attempt

May 29, 2009
130 miles east of Cape Cod, French rower Charlie Girard abandoned his third attempt to cross the Atlantic under oars. Girard had been at sea for ten days and reported that he was suffering from fatigue.

From the Boston Globe:

Coast Guard crews lowered a swimmer and basket into seven-foot seas near Girard's 21-foot rowboat and hoisted the man, wearing a survival suit, 40 feet into the helicopter, said Lieutenant Commander Brian Hopkins, the helicopter pilot.

A chart showing Girard's progress posted on his website showed that he backtracked in recent days.

Girard appeared to be in good health and did not communicate much during the hour-long flight back to Cape Cod, Hopkins said.

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