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Naked rower rescued off Australia after head cut

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Posted: Jun 07, 2011 6:09 AM
Naked rower rescued off Australia after head cut

An Irishman rowing naked across the Indian Ocean has been rescued off Australia after he hit his head in rough seas.

Keith Whelan stopped the bleeding himself after a swell threw him. He called a member of his team in Britain on Tuesday morning who notified Australian authorities. A cargo ship eventually picked him up.

Naomi Smith with the police in Perth said the injury was minor and Whelan is being taken to Bunbury on Australia's western coast _ 370 miles (600 kilometers) south of Geraldton, where Whelan set off last month.

The 29-year-old wants to become the youngest person to sail from Australia to Mauritius, off Africa. But he's added another twist: He's not wearing clothes.

Bad weather has already forced Whelan back to shore once.

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