WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- In her quest to make history, Paralympic medalist Angela Madsen died while rowing alone across the Pacific Ocean.
- Aspiring to become the first paraplegic, openly gay athlete and the oldest woman to achieve the stunt, Angela began sailing in April from Marina Del Rey, California to reach the Hawaii Yacht Club in Hawaii but stopped responding to messages this week.
- According to her wife Deb, Angela planned to do some maintenance in the water before she lost contact with her.
US Paralympic medalist Angela Madsen died while rowing alone across the Pacific Ocean in her quest to make history, according to her wife this week.
Aspiring to become the first paraplegic openly gay athlete and oldest woman to achieve the stunt, the 60-year-old US Marine veteran sailed through a 20-foot rowboat in April from Marina Del Ray, California, bound to Honolulu in Hawaii — based on the report by the Mercury News.
The news outlet reported that Angela was determined to reach the Hawaii Yacht Club within four months; however, during the midpoint of her crusade, she had stopped responding to messages
In a post on a Facebook page, her wife Deb said that the last communication they had was when Angela said she was planning to do some maintenance checking. When Deb checked the boat location, it appeared to be drifting.
The Coast Guard sent a plane on Monday for search and rescue mission and found Angela’s body near her boat, named Rowoflife, according to the report.
“The plane saw Angela in the water, apparently deceased, tethered to RowofLife, but was unable to relay that information due to poor satellite coverage,” Deb wrote on Facebook.
Angela was paralyzed in 1993 after a slip-up back surgery. She started rowing in 1997 and became an inspirational athlete.
She competed in the Paralympics three times and earned a bronze medal in both rowing and shot put, according to the report.
Source: New York Post