Olympic Rowers Capsize in the Atlantic

Were attempting a world record

Adam Kreek news from the field

Adam Kreek, one of the expedition, is a Canadian Olympic gold medal rower.     Photo: AthletesCAN via Flickr

Four American and Canadian rowers were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday morning after an unexpected wave capsized their boat. They had been aiming to set a world record for an unassisted, human-powered row across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Adam Kreek, a Canadian Olympic gold medal rower, and Markus Pukonen, Patrick Fleming, and Jordan Hanssen, had set out on the 4,000-mile journey from Dakar, Senegal, on January 23. Their 29-foot boat had solar panels and wind turbines to power equipment onboard. The crew had also been conducting research on marine life and sleep deprivation, among other things.  

When the rogue wave hit about 400 miles north of Puerto Rico, they'd been traveling for 73 days and were about 900 miles from their final destination in Miami, Florida. Their boat did not right itself as it was supposed to, and the men were forced to activate their emergency beacons.  

All four are now on dry land and in good shape. They're already planning to give the record another shot.

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