At 60, Deaf Woman Rows Across the Atlantic

At 60, Deaf Woman Rows Across the Atlantic

British pharmacy worker is the first deaf person to row across an ocean.

Mo O’Brien has become the first deaf person on record to row an ocean by finishing a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic, BBC News reports.

Along with her fellow crew members, including her daughter, she landed on the Caribbean island of Antigua, 49 days after embarking from the Canary Islands in December.

They arrived late last Thursday local time, making them the fastest female trio to complete the challenge.

Ms. O’Brien rowed almost 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean with her daughter Bird Watts, 32, and their friend Claire Allinson, 45.

The women rowed in pairs for four-hour shifts followed by two hours of rest, on a constant cycle for the entirety of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Speaking to the race organizers after they confirmed both records at the finish line in Antigua, Ms. O’Brien said: “I’m relieved to be here, but I kind of wish I was still out there, too. I absolutely loved it.”

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