Rower Lost at Sea
Compiled by Outside Online
October 3, 2001 A Chicago man attempting to row solo across the
Atlantic Ocean remains lost at sea after being caught in a storm a
couple hundred miles west of the Irish coast this past weekend.
Around 10:30 P.M. on Sunday, 62-year-old Nenad Belic's
emergency locator beacon was activated in high seas and gale force
winds, approximately 230 miles west of Ireland, according to the Chicago Tribune. British and
Irish rescue planes found Belic's beacon around midnight but no sign
of Belic or his 21-foot rowboat, the Tribune reports.
a cardiologist, set out from Cape Cod on May 11, but unexpected
storms kept him close to the U.S. coastline for three weeks. Rowing
most of his journey one month behind schedule, Belic ran out of food
last month but was able to contact a passing freighter for more
supplies, his family told the Tribune. Belic is said to have no
cold-weather clothing to protect him from the 61-degree water
Belic's capsule-like rowboat is supposed to
withstand conditions far worse than the 16- to 27-foot seas he is
likely experiencing, Belic's family told the Tribune.
boat is built so strongly it's like a cork ... the only thing that
could break it would be a huge wave breaking on it," Jenifer Clark,
an oceanographer who has been guiding Belic throughout his trip, was
quoted by the Tribune as saying. Clark, after seeing the weather
forecast for this week, recommended to Belic that he might want to
think about terminating his trip.
A number of British and
Irish news sources reported yesterday that the search for Belic was
called off on Monday evening. Belic's wife has asked the Ocean
Rowing Society, which had been following Belic's progress online, to
help find someone in Ireland to search for missing kayaker, The
Irish Times reports.
According to the Tribune, the Irish
Coast Guard renewed the search today after the beacon and life rafts
dropped near it on Sunday night drifted into Irish waters.
Belic was last heard from on September 28, 406 miles from