Trans-Atlantic Rowboat Trip Becomes Coast Guard Rescue

├é┬áBOSTON – The 26-year-old who set out alone to row his custom-made boat across nearly 4000 miles of open ocean Wednesday was rescued by the Coast Guard Thursday night 50 miles east of Provincetown, Mass.

Charlie Girard was in distress and caught in 5-8 foot seas and 15-knot winds in his 23-foot boat. He expressed his desire to be taken off the boat to an acquaintance of his, Richard Williams of Orleans, Mass. via a satellite phone.

Williams contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England about 7:20 p.m. and said Girard, “had taken seven or eight rolls and was ready to come off.”

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched at 8:15, and hoisted Girard to safety about 9 p.m.

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class John Hughes, the onboard medical corpsman said, “he was thrown around quite a bit and said he slammed into the side of the boat and that his lower back was bothering him.”

He was taken to Air Station Cape Cod and was transferred to an awaiting ambulance.

The Coast Guard issued a safety marine information broadcast to notify other mariners of the adrift rowboat.

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