Blind American attempts Cuba-to-US kayak crossing
Published on Apr 26, 2014 6:11 AM
HAVANA (AFP) - A 56-year-old blind American set off in a kayak on Friday in an attempt to cross the treacherous Florida Straits that separate Cuba and the United States.
Peter Crowley left Havana at 12:35 pm (1635 GMT) in his red boat, accompanied by his son who is guiding him from a separate blue kayak.
As he forges the 150km stretch of shark-infested waters in a push to reach Key West, Florida within 24 hours, a catamaran sailboat will also be following along.
"It means so much to me," said the athlete, a married father of three, who since birth has suffered from optic atrophy - a malformation that prevents the optic nerve from functioning properly.
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