Coast Guard rescues man trying to row
from New York to Scotland
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[June 16, 2014]
By Jonathan Allen
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man trying to row
across the Atlantic from New York to a Scottish island was rescued
during a storm early on Saturday by a U.S. Coast Guard team who plucked
him from choppy waters off Long Island, an official with the agency
Niall Iain Macdonald, 39, of Scotland was about 50 nautical miles
from the coast when he sent out a distress call by satellite phone
saying he had been injured, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
Coast Guard officials said the pilot of one of their helicopters
deployed to reach Macdonald was forced to turn back by a lightning
storm, but a Coast Guard rescue boat carrying paramedics was able to
navigate turbulent waters to reach Macdonald in his 24-foot
(seven-metre) rowboat shortly after midnight on Saturday.
"He was being thrown around like a rag doll," Lieutenant James
Provost, the captain of the Coast Guard rescue boat, said on
Saturday. Macdonald was found bloodied with a cut on his head,
Provost said, adding: "He was in a lot of pain."
Macdonald was planning to spend three months rowing home to
Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis to raise money for the Scottish
Association for Mental Health, according to his website.
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The Coast Guard took Macdonald to a hospital in New Jersey.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and
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