The four-man crew of the James Robert Hanssen ocean rowboat were 73 days into a 6,500-kilometre journey when they capsized.
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Transatlantic rowers rescued

Four Canadians are safe in Puerto Rico after their rowboat capsized about 600 kilometers from shore. The four were rowing across the Atlantic when they were hit by two rogue waves. Their vessel had self-righting capabilities but for some reason it remained overturned.

Olympic gold medallist Adam Kreek was inside the cabin when water started pouring in and overturned. “I looked up and saw there was still an air bubble as the cabin was filling. I popped my head up and took a really big breath and dove underneath and I saw the light.”

The four endurance rowers were reaching the end of a 6,500-kilometers trip from Dakar, Senegal to Miami. They wanted to be the first to row from Africa to North America without escort.

After the boat capsized the four activated emergency beacons and were picked up by a Chinese ship carrying automobiles.

With files from CBC

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