Kayaker rescued off Newfoundland coast

Canadian coast guard ships and aircraft rescued a British kayaker Saturday night, 48 hours after he began trying to paddle across the Atlantic on his own.

A fishing boat found Peter Bray's capsized kayak about 35 kilometres northeast of Newfoundland. But the boat was empty, and he was no where in sight.

Bray, 43, was carrying a satellite phone, but authorities had not heard from him since Friday.

After spotting a flare, searchers came across Bray. They said he had managed to inflate a rubber life-raft that was in the kayak and then crawl inside. It contained enough food and water to last four days.

"Everybody asks me (why I'm going)," Peter Bray told CBC TV News as he was preparing to leave Thursday night.

"There was a famous climber who said: 'If you have to ask the question, you'll never understand the answer'."

According to kayaking Web site, he was trying to raise about $200,000 for disadvantaged children. He was hoping to reach Ireland within 90 days.

Bray, unmarried and with no children, was a member of England's elite special air service military unit. He has been trained on how to survive in cold waters.

Every year, adventurers try to make it across the Atlantic in everything from rafts to row boats. Two more people are set to leave next month.

Under international law, the Canadian coast guard is responsible for rescuing people who get in trouble on this half of the ocean or roughly 2,400 kilometres from shore.