Nfld. & Labrador

Irish rower cuts ocean crossing short

An Irishman has given up on an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean from eastern Newfoundland.

Dingle man called for help after waves rolled his boat repeatedly

Sean Moriarty's ocean rowboat tied on in Quidi Vidi Gut. (Cecil Haire/ CBC)

An Irishman has given up on an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean from eastern Newfoundland.

A fishing vessel rescued Sean Moriarty, of Dingle, Ireland, Sunday night.

He'd been at sea for almost two days in a 15-metre boat named the Positive Outcome.

Moriarty told CBC News that his boat flipped over at least half a dozen times after it was buffeted by three to four metre waves.

He called for rescue.

At approximately 5:20 pm, he told search and rescue co-ordination officials in St. John's that he was wearing a dry suit and that because his vessel lost its electronic equipment during the incident, he was unable to continue on a Trans-Atlantic crossing.

He requested a tow to St. John's, according to Coast Guard officials.

The Coast Guard Ship Cape Roger, a nearby vessel Gesmer I and a Cormorant helicopter were tasked to the scene.

Moriarty was picked up by the Coast Guard Auxilary vessel Nautical Legend and was towed back in. He arrived in St. John's at about 6:00 am.

Moriarty said he plans to ship his boat home and return to Ireland, where he runs a construction company.

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