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Cunard ocean liner assists rower in mid-Atlantic

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Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the Cunard Line, assisted a rower who had lost essential supplies while attempting a solo crossing across the Atlantic Ocean. According to a September 26 press release received by Examiner, the crew of the ocean liner responded to a request to assist Mylène Paquette, who had lost an anchor and satellite phone while in rough waters.

Paquette had departed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 6 for Lorient, France, a trip expected to take approximately 100 days. If successful, she would become the first North American woman to complete a solo row across the Atlantic. She is making the 2,700-mile crossing in a in a 24-foot fiberglass rowboat, according to her website.

Crew members on Queen Mary 2 assembled containers that included two anchors, a new satellite phone, food, water, and tea. In addition to the requested supplies, Cunard also delivered duct tape, a barnacle scraper, personal care items, and postcards of Queen Mary 2.

Queen Mary 2 had completed 3 nights of a 7-night crossing from New York to Southampton when the rendezvous occurred. The liner’s passengers witnessed the transfer both visually and via the ship’s public address system.

According to Cunard, Queen Mary 2 measures 1,132 feet long and 151,400 gross tons, and can accommodate up to 2,620 and 1,253 crew. She entered service in 2004 and underwent a refit in November 2011. For more information on Cunard’s transatlantic crossings, contact Cunard Line or your travel agent.

Those who wish to follow Paquette’s journey may do so on her website.

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