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Queen Mary 2 comes to aid of Canadian solo woman rower Mylène Paquette
8:11am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A SOUTHAMPTON based cruise ship sailed to the rescue of stricken Canadian solo woman rower Mylène Paquette in the mid Atlantic.
Mylène is aiming to become the first North American woman to row solo across the Atlantic, a total of 2,700 nautical miles after setting out from Halifax, Canada.
The Queen Mary 2, which left New York last Sunday on a seven-night crossing to Southampton received a request to assist yesterday and prepared a package of items to help.
The ship greeted Mylène's boat with three blasts on the ship's whistle and slowly circled the boat at 10 knots to calm the water before the four watertight canisters containing the requested items were dropped into the sea and collected.
There were cheers from the passengers who lined the ship's rails and the ship's whistle sounded many times more. Mylène spoke with the ship on the VHF radio and this was relayed to the passengers via the ship's Public Address system.
Speaking afterwards Mylène said: “This is a dream come true. For me to see the Queen Mary 2 in the middle of the Atlantic is something I would have never hoped for. I want to thank all of the members of the crew for making this encounter happen.”
In response, Cunard has donated a new satellite phone and two drogue anchors which the ship's crew prepared on board overnight - these are sea anchors which hold the boat's position when it is not being rowed.
After 83 days alone in her boat and with about two months still to go, Mylène also asked for help with a number of items, and the ship has supplied fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, muesli, crackers, chocolate, plus bottled water and coffee, English tea, mint tea and hot chocolate sachets.
The ship also supplied a scraper to remove the barnacles underneath the boat, duct tape, soap, shampoo and body lotion - along with postcards of the flagship.
Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2, said: “We are happy to have given assistance to Mylène and help her recover from the damage inflicted by the storm. We wish her the very best of luck with her solo Atlantic rowing adventure.”
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