Deaf woman, 60, rows Atlantic Ocean in world first

(BBC) – A 60-year-old pharmacy worker has become the first deaf person on record to row an ocean by finishing a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic.

Mo O’Brien and her fellow crew members, including her daughter, landed on the Caribbean island of Antigua 49 days after setting out from the Canary Island of La Gomera in December.

Their arrival late on Thursday local time makes them the fastest female trio to complete the challenge.

Ms O’Brien said she felt “relieved”.

Ms O’Brien, from Bojewyan Stennack in Cornwall, rowed almost 3,000 miles (4,800km) of Atlantic Ocean with her daughter Bird Watts, 32, from Mevagissey in Cornwall, and their friend Claire Allinson, 45, from Exmouth, Devon.

The trio rowed in pairs for four-hour shifts, then had two hours of rest, on a constant cycle for the entirety of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Speaking to race organisers after they confirmed both records at the finish line in Antigua, Ms O’Brien said: “I’m relieved to be here, but I kind of wish I was still out there, too. I absolutely loved it.”

The pharmacy dispenser added that she is already making plans to row the Pacific. “Give me a week to have a shower and some clean clothes,” she joked.

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