Welshman Peter Bray claims to be the first man to cross the Atlantic solo in a kayak.

After two and a half months battling often ferocious weather 43 year old Peter Bray landed in Mayo to complete his record journey.

For the last day of his journey the ex-SAS man had lost contact with land and no one knew where he was. Fishing boats were on the look-out and the Coast Guard and Air Corps began a search. Peter was eventually located off the coast of Mayo on the 74th day of his voyage. 

Peter Bray began his journey on 23 June in Newfoundland and ended it with him being air-lifted into Killybegs. Speaking to RTÉ News he says

It didn't go to plan out there. Mother Nature, she did what she wanted. I came in when she wanted me to.

Peter made the journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed 24 foot long kayak, equipped with solar power communications. He did it all for two children's hospices in Britain. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 September 2001. The reporter is Eileen Magnier.