Belfast Telegraph

Naked rower up the creek again

An Irishman rowing naked across the Indian Ocean has been rescued off Australia after he hit his head in rough seas.

Keith Whelan, from Kildare, stopped the bleeding himself after a swell threw him. He called a member of his team in Britain who notified Australian authorities and a cargo ship eventually picked him up.

Police in Perth said the injury was minor and Mr Whelan is being taken to Bunbury on Australia's western coast - 370 miles south of Geraldton, where he set off from last month.

The 29-year-old wants to become the youngest person to sail from Australia to Mauritius, off Africa.

He is rowing naked to avoid any salt sores being caused on his body by salt-encrusted clothes.

Bad weather has already forced him back to shore once.


From Belfast Telegraph