First Man to Row from New York to Galway, Ireland Rescued Near Finish Line After 112 Days at Sea

After 112 days at sea, former professional rugby player Damian Browne finally made it to Galway on Tuesday morning — but his homecoming didn't go exactly as planned

After a storm hit Galway Bay, his small boat was blown onto the rocks near Furbo, leaving him in need of a rescue, according to The Irish Times. He was then taken ashore for a warm reunion with his wife and young daughter, as well as hundreds of well-wishers

"When last night happened I thought 'what a disaster, tomorrow is kind of ruined for everyone' because I knew a lot of work had gone in behind the scenes," Browne, 42, told the newspaper after his safe arrival

"I accomplished what I wanted to and I'm safe and I'm uninjured and I have had an incredible reception," he added. "I'm a little bit taken back by it."

Ireland Rescued Near Finish Line After 112 Days at Sea