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One-legged Atlantic rower rescued

John Mollsion
Thick fog knocked out John Mollison's communications

A Falklands war veteran who lost a leg in a mine explosion has abandoned his record-breaking attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean after being rescued.

John Mollison, 49, from Perth, was helped by coastguards and an oil rig support vessel after thick fog knocked out his communications systems.

Technical problems also left him with no way to generate power.

He set off from Massachusetts on 5 July with the aim of being the first amputee to row the ocean west to east.

'Suicidal situation'

Mr Mollison planned to row about 3,500 miles to Britain and wanted to return to Perth via the Forth and Clyde canal and ultimately the River Tay.

The start of his trip had already been delayed because of poor weather in the USA.

He was raising money for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association (Blesma).

A statement on the website following his adventure states: "It is with regret that I confirm that Molly's quest has been ended.

"In dense fog, in the deep of the night and rough seas, all communications were lost with no way to generate power due to technical malfunctions.

"This left us in a suicidal situation to think about continuing as the boat could not be seen and with no communications a decision was made between the team, the Falmouth and Canadian coastguards to start a rescue mission with the aid of an oil rig support vessel.

"With the use of their radars Molly was located and made safe."



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