United States Paralympic medalist and ocean rower Angela Madsen has tragically handed away at sea whereas trying a historic solo paddle from Los Angeles to Honolulu, as reported by the NY Publish. She was 60 years previous.
Madsen launched into her voyage in April, hoping to achieve Honolulu inside 4 months. On Sunday, the U.S. Marine Corps veteran entered the ocean to restore a shackle used to safe a sea anchor to the bow, reviews the Journey Journal. With a tropical storm headed her method, Madsen was making ready for inclement climate. Tragically, she by no means made it again onto her 20-foot oceangoing rowboat, ‘Row of Life.’ The accident occurred 1,275 nautical miles east of Hawaii, or roughly midway by means of the voyage.
The final correspondence from Madsen got here through textual content message to her spouse, Debra Madsen, on Saturday evening, the Mercury Information reviews. When she didn’t reply to messages on Sunday, her spouse posted on the RowofLife Fb web page on Monday that she was about midway alongside the journey. On Tuesday, Debra wrote on the Fb web page, “With excessive unhappiness, I need to announce that Angela Madsen is not going to full her solo row to Hawaii.” The U.S. Coast Guard positioned Madsen’s physique, however the reason for demise has but to be disclosed, in accordance with the Mercury Information.
In 1993, Madsen misplaced most of using her legs after a surgical procedure went improper, reviews the Journey Journal. The three-time Paralympian was trying to turn out to be the primary paraplegic, overtly homosexual—in addition to the oldest—lady to ever obtain the Pacific Ocean crossing, reviews the Mercury Information.
“Angela was a warrior, as fierce as they arrive,” acknowledged Debra Madsen and Soraya Simi on the “Row of Life” web site. “A life cast by unbelievable hardship, she overcame all of it and championed the precise path she envisioned for herself since she was a little bit woman. To row an ocean solo was her largest objective. She knew the dangers higher than any of us and was keen to take these dangers as a result of being at sea made her happier than anything.”
Our ideas and condolences exit to Madsen’s household and pals.
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