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Attempt to Row Across Atlantic Founders

May 08, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A New Yorker's attempt to raise AIDS awareness and become the first black American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean ended when his boat sprung a leak hours after he left the coast of Africa.

Victor Mooney, a 41-year-old college publicist, radioed for help and was rescued by the Senegalese navy, according to his website. The 24-foot craft he built out of marine-grade plywood sank.

Local authorities said Mooney was not hurt but did not sound likely to try the trip again.

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