Trans-Atlantic rower Charlie Girard saved by Coast Guard for second time

BOSTON- Coast Guard air crews rescued a fatigued, trans-Atlantic rower, Friday, about 150 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass.

Charlie Girard, 28, from France, called the Coast Guard around 8:25 a.m., using a satellite phone and activated his Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, to help the Coast Guard to find his position.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a Falcon jet and a Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew to hoist Girard from his 21-foot row boat and return him to shore.

Girard, who was wearing a survival suit at the time of the rescue, departed Orleans, Mass., on May 19, 2009, and was headed to France.

At the time of the rescue winds were about 23 miles per hour with seas around seven feet. Water and air temperature was 49 degrees Fahrenheit with visibility around one mile.

“Trying to pinpoint his location in the fog was challenging,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Hopkins, the helicopter commander for the rescue. “Visibility was only about a quarter of a mile, we overflew him twice. Luckily he had an EPIRB which helped us hone in on his location.”

Girard was rescued by the Coast Guard in 2007 about 50 miles east of Provincetown, Mass., while attempting to complete the trans-Atlantic voyage.

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