Damien Browne: Irishman rowing New York to Galway saved just short of the finish line after 112 days at sea

An Irishman is the first person in history to row from New York to Galway after 112 days at sea.

Former professional rugby player Damian Browne came ashore on the rocks at Furbo Beach, just outside Galway Harbor this morning.

Mr. Browne kicked off the adventure, titled Project Power, on Tuesday, June 14 at 3:10 p.m. in Manhattan.

The Instagram page dedicated to the adventure posted an update this morning and said Mr Browne got into trouble and was forced ashore near Furbo Beach just before 1am.

It was said that the Valentia Coast Guard, Gardaí and Emergency First Responders quickly arrived on the scene and took Mr Browne to safety.

The Post said it is “with mixed feelings that we have to inform you” that Mr Browne this morning became the first person in history to row from New York to Galway after 2,686 hours at sea and over 3,450 nautical miles rowed.

“After leaving Chelsea Piers, Manhattan at 03:10 on Tuesday, June 14, Damian had spent nearly 16 weeks or 112 days at sea and at every step and ultimately the final hours of this epic, unforgiving company mother Battled Mother Nature Nature prevailed and forced Damian ashore in precarious circumstances on the rocks at Furbo Beach in Galway,” reads the post.

“Damian immediately called Chris Martin, Project Empower’s land support officer, who in turn contacted the appropriate emergency services, who immediately mobilized.

“First on the scene were Garda Micheál Ó Ráinne from An Spidéil, Garda Vincent Kelly from Indreabhán and Garda Eoin O’Malley from Carna, who found Damian and Cushlamachree on the rocks and took Damian to safety.

“Damian and the team at The Project Empower would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the emergency services and in particular the Valentia Coast Guard, the Gardaí and the Emergency First Responders who have looked after Damian so well.”

The Post said that while Mr Browne was “burned out at not having made it to Galway Port”, he is now “reunited with his family and in good spirits”.

“He is very much looking forward to celebrating his amazing achievement with the people of Galway on his homecoming, which is scheduled to take place later this morning at 11am at the Galway Docks when we hope you will all be there to celebrate the successful Completing this mammoth to celebrate adventures with one of the world’s best ocean rowers,” the post reads.

Mr Browne started the journey with his friend Fergus Farrell as they aimed to break a world record while raising money for charity.

The duo hoped to break the world record by rowing the North Atlantic in just 55 days, but unfortunately Mr Farell had to stop after two weeks at sea.

He became ill on board and had to be taken off the boat to receive medical treatment due to severe exhaustion, aggravated by a recent spinal injury and a collapsed lung.

However, his friend went on alone and documented the trip on social media.

https://www.independent.ie/news/damien-browne-irish-man-rowing-from-new-york-to-galway-rescued-just-short-of-finish-line-after-112-days-at-sea-42038173.html Damien Browne: Irishman rowing New York to Galway saved just short of the finish line after 112 days at sea

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