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  • 14 June 2014, 17:48

Injured British Rower Rescued In Atlantic

A Briton trying to row solo across the Atlantic from New York to Stornoway in Scotland has been rescued after suffering a back injury.

Niall Iain Macdonald sent out a distress call on Friday and was picked-up by the US coastguard early the following day, abandoning his seven-metre boat.

The 39-year-old rower was in pain, his face was covered in blood from a cut to his head and he was "very thankful" to be rescued, said coastguard spokesman Lt. James Provost.

Mr Macdonald, who was being treated at the Bayonne Medical Centre in New Jersey, was around 100 miles off the New York coast when he made the call.

He contacted British coastguards in Falmouth, Cornwall, on Friday evening at around 8.30pm in what a spokeswoman described as "a considerable amount of pain and distress".

She said Mr Macdonald, from Stornoway in the Western Isles, had injured his back in what may have been a weather-related fall.

The coastguard told US colleagues where he was.

They then confirmed Mr Macdonald had been located and was brought on to a rescue vessel.

The Scotsman said on his website his transatlantic attempt was to raise money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health

He began his 3,400-mile journey in New York on June 5, aiming to reach Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis at the beginning of September.

He wrote: "Only 10 people have successfully rowed solo from west to east across the North Atlantic (more people have walked on the moon!) and no one has ever completed the route that I am undertaking."

The challenge would have involved rowing for 12 hours each day for the three-month period.

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