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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 November, 2003, 11:24 GMT
NZ threatens ban on rower
Rower Jim Shekhdar is towed back into the port of Bluff
Jim Shekhdar was trying to row 14,400 kilometres to Cape Town
New Zealand says it may take legal action to stop a British man making his third attempt to row from New Zealand to South Africa, after he abandoned the crossing for a second time.

The country's Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) said it was considering applying safety legislation about the seaworthiness of boats to prevent Jim Shekhdar from trying again.

"We would be strongly advising him against it... we would rather he decided it was not worth the risk of his life and anybody else's life that might have to go and rescue him," an MSA spokeswoman said.

Mr Shekhdar, 57, has said he will not rule out a third attempt.

He set off from the New Zealand port of Bluff on 5 November, aiming to row 14,400 kilometres to Cape Town in South Africa.

But 1,200 kilometres into his voyage he ran into a heavy storm and his boat, Hornette, was battered by the sea for two hours and then capsized.

Mr Shekhdar was rescued during the night by a New Zealand government research ship.

"I'm still a little emotional ... I really didn't want to be here. But I'm very grateful to everybody who worked so hard to get me here," Mr Shekhdar told National Radio from the ship, The Tangaroa.

He was badly cut and bruised in the storm and described his experience as "like being inside a washing machine".

A previous attempt to make the crossing in October failed after just 80 kilometres.


SEE ALSO:
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