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Trans-Atlantic Kayaker Rescued

June 18, 2000

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland (AP) _ An Englishman attempting to paddle a kayak across the Atlantic was rescued off Canada’s eastern coast, 31 hours after he abandoned his capsized and flooded boat.

Peter Bray, a 43-year-old ex-military officer from Plymouth, England, left St. John’s on Thursday night planning to kayak 3,000 miles to Ireland.

After rescuing Bray on Saturday night, officials said the kayak had begun leaking and capsized. Bray survived in a rubber life-raft that was attached to the kayak, officials said.

``The area flooded and he had to get out quickly,″ said Clarence Peddle of the St. John’s rescue coordination center.

The coast guard began searching Saturday night for Bray, after his 26-foot kayak was spotted about 25 miles northeast of St. John’s.

Bray was found by coast guard in the raft 10 miles north of where his kayak capsized. A coast guard airplane had spotted a flare he sent up.

Peddle described Bray as ``weak and wobbly″ but ``otherwise fine.″

Bray is a veteran of Britain’s elite Special Air Service military unit. ``His training had taught him to live with the sea,″ said Jim Rowlinson, organizer of the voyage.

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