AN IRISHMAN has completed the impressive feat of being the first person to row from New York to Galway, following an early-morning rescue mission off the coast of Galway this morning.
The journey, which Damian Browne completed in a small boat, took 112 days and stretched 5,000km.
Mr Browne is a former second-row for Connacht and Leinster, and now becomes one of the few people to row both ways across the Atlantic.
The trip was been declared a success despite the unforgiving weather conditions which prompted the Irish Coast Guard to carry out a rescue off Turbo beach shortly after 1am, according to The Irish Times.
In a statement, Mr Browne's team said he was in "good spirits" despite not being able to make it to the Port of Galway. He has now been reunited with his family, and will attend a homecoming in Galway Docks on Tuesday.
He left Manhattan on 14 June, clocked up 3,450 nautical miles and 2,686 hours at sea before making landfall in Ireland.