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Connecticut Diver Plans To Cross Atlantic Ocean In Rowboat

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File photo of rowboats. (credit: VOISHMEL/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of rowboats. (credit: VOISHMEL/AFP/Getty Images)

EASTON, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A professional diver from Connecticut says he’s planning to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat.

Forty-year-old John Bauby of Easton says he intends to begin the 5,000-mile trek in the spring of 2013, but he’s already begun preparing and raising money.

“All the activities I do, there’s always a danger factor,” Bauby told the Connecticut Post. “I’m not saying be reckless and stupid, but if you stop and think about the stuff you do on daily basis, you wouldn’t do half of it if you fear dying. I’m highly confident that my intelligence, background and skills will get me across. I’m really looking forward to it.”

And his boat is no ordinary rowboat. It’s a 24-foot-long, 800-pound vessel made out of fiberglass, Kevlar and wood, and it’s designed to stay afloat even if it’s split in half.

Bauby says he’s preparing for a five-month trip from Hatteras, N.C., to Portugal.

“I’ve always relied on myself,” Bauby told the Post. “I’m comfortable with myself. I don’t anticipate it to be a problem.”

The Ocean Rowing Society International organization says six people have completed rowboat trips from the U.S. to Europe. One was lost at sea, and another 16 couldn’t finish or had to be rescued.

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