Former Marine completes unsupported row across Atlantic, spending 119 days alone

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A former Marine has successfully sailed through the Atlantic Ocean alone and unsupported, in what is believed to be one of the first such voyages.

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Dave “Dinger” Bell spent 119 days traveling from Europe to New York via the Atlantic Ocean. He arrived in Newlin, Cornwall on Sunday afternoon.

In photos shared on Twitter, Mr Bell’s family and friends greeted him at Newlin Harbour.


The voyage was marked by several conflicts, including a giant storm, a jellyfish sting, and Mr Bell’s fear of open water. His team kept their followers informed with regular updates on social media.

His final obstacle, however, was to face heavy winds, which forced him to change his destination from Falmouth to Newlyn.

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“I didn’t want to end up in the Skellis – I wanted to make the mainland,” Mr Belles told the BBC. “It was a race against time,” he said, describing his non-stop rowing for 40 hours in harsh weather off the Isles of Scilly.

For the last three miles, a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat was sent to guide her. “Dinger has gone from looking at someone to seeing people and having real conversations with people, even if it’s yelling!” Read an update on Twitter. “Incredibly, Dinger hasn’t slept in 40 hours!”

“I’m never doing anything dangerous again,” Mr Bell told the BBC upon arrival.

Organizers said that “a few days went by while waiting for his arrival”.

Mr Belles said his effort is to invite a money or two charities – the Special Boat Service Association and Rock 2 Recovery, UK.


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