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article imageNY man fails in third attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean

By William Charles Baker     Mar 12, 2011 in World
Forest Hills - A man from Queens New York that failed two prior attempts to row across the Atlantic Ocean failed in a third attempt. He was forced to be rescued from a life raft when his rowboat began to take on water.
Victor Mooney a resident of Forest Hills was determined in his third and final attempt to make the successful ocean crossing. On leave from his job and in the ocean ready rowboat he named “Never Give Up” he set out on his solo voyage.
The DailyNews reports: “Mooney, on leave from his job as a publicist at Brooklyn's ASA Institute, pushed off in his 21-foot rowboat from the Cape Verde islands, off Africa, around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, bound for the East River.”
Mooney’s attempt to row the boat to Brooklyn was aborted when a short distance from the islands the vessel began to take on water. Using a bilge pump he was unable to empty the water and had to inflate an emergency raft and transfer over his supplies.
For days he floated until rescued by a merchant ship after having been ignored by another ship that he says came within 10 feet of the life raft. The merchant ship with Mooney as a passenger was headed for Brazil. For Mooney it was the third attempt that ended in failure due to problems.
The WallStreetJournal reports: “His first attempt at a crossing in 2006 ended when his hand-made boat sank hours after he left a beach in Senegal, in West Africa. He abandoned another 2009 attempt from Senegal after two weeks when his drinking water systems broke down.”
For Mooney his quest for raising AIDS awareness will continue on land and in fulfillment of his wife’s request that the third and last attempt was the conclusion of his journeys.
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