A paraplegic dies at sea trying to paddle from California to Hawaii

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Angela Madsen has left Los Angeles in his rowing boat of 20 feet, Row of Life, in April, and had for objective to reach Honolulu in four months.

Angela Madsen has left Los Angeles in his boat of 20 feet, Row of Life, …

Angela Madsen, a rower paralympic three times, aged sixty years, died at sea while she was trying to make a travel record from California to Hawaii.

Madsen had attempted to become the first paraplegic, the first athlete openly gay, and the oldest woman to row across the Pacific ocean.

After a spinal cord injury while she was in the Marines, Madsen has been a paraplegic, she then won the bronze in the shot put at the paralympic summer Games 2012 in London.

Madsen has left Los Angeles in his boat of 20 feet, Row of Life, in April, and had for objective to reach Honolulu in four months.

A statement of the partner of Angela Debra Madsen on Facebook on Sunday said that his wife was not responding to text messages and that a tracker has shown that his boat would drift, in place of being rowed.

The news was confirmed Monday on the account Instagram of Madsen by Soraya Simi, who were making a documentary on the attempt to row solo.

“Two nights ago, Deb’s partner, Angela, sent me a text message saying that she was worried that something did happened. The last update that we received from it was that it was going in the water to set the anchor on his bow. She was prepared for a storm due at the end of this week. She sent me jokes via SMS, and seemed to be in a good mood as it was so near the mid-race and we had planned a party. I checked the GPS and I noticed it was odd that his speed is so slow.

“They have sent a plane. It took all day. We expected that each hour of excruciating runs up to 23 hours, 25 hours after my first call, to learn the news that Angela was in fact deceased. His body floated next to his boat , still attached. “Wrote Simi.

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It is extremely difficult to read and write, so prepare yourself: at 23 o’clock yesterday evening, Angela was declared deceased at sea. Two nights ago, Deb’s partner, Angela, sent me a text message saying that she was worried that something did happened. The last update that we received from it was that it was going in the water to set the anchor on his bow. She was preparing for a storm that was expected to hit at the end of this week. She sent me jokes via SMS, and seemed to be in a good mood because it was so close to the half way point and we had planned a celebration. I checked the GPS and I noticed that it was weird that his speed is so slow and constant. Angela had also answered any of our messages for an entire day, which was very unusual. I felt uncomfortable and I told Deb that I called the coast Guard. They said they would send a ship in the morning. Angela was more than 1,000 miles from land in all directions, so it would take some time to reach it. I told them that it could be injured. They have sent a plane. It still took all day. We expected that each hour of excruciating has elapsed up to 23 hours, 25 hours after my first call, to learn the news that Angela was in fact deceased. His body floated next to his boat, still attached. This is the time when the heaviest of my life. I am so sorry and so sad to write this. I know that many of you encouraged and wanted it to succeed. We are devastated. It was a risk evident from the first day, and Angela was more conscious than anyone else. She was ready to die at sea doing what she loved the most. It was a sacred woman and one of the most influential people and the most inspiring of my life. I hope I can live with a fraction of the ferocity of the spirit that Angela had. I can’t believe that she is part. Life is so brief and fragile. We need to fill it with love. Deb and I ask that you respect our space while we are processing it and will sail to move forward. Please be patient and kind as we compile information to share at the same time. Thank You, Soraya

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“Angela was living her dream. She loved being on the water, ” said the partner of Angela, Debra, in a press release.

Andrew Chamings is a digital editor at SFGATE. E-mail: [email protected] | Twitter: @AndrewChamings



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