Wednesday, May 3, 2006


Rower dies hours into 90-day trip

`The Norwegian coastguard Tuesday found the body of a 67-year-old adventurer roped to the keel of his overturned and wrecked boat two days after he had set off from the North Cape to row the length of Norway’s coastline.

Without protection a man can survive for only a few hours in the cold Arctic waters around the Cape, but before his departure Richard Horntvedt told a local newspaper he was not taking a life raft or a survival suit as he did not have enough space.

“We found his body at about 5.30 a.m. (0330 GMT) this morning drifting about 10 miles east of the Cape,” emergency services spokesman Erlang Herstad said.

“He was tied to the keel of the boat by a rope, but I don’t know if he had tied himself or became entangled.”‘

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