A man sets a world record by rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Ireland

NEW YORK (WABC) — A historic journey across the Atlantic is finally over.

An Irishman completed his rowing expedition from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan to Galway, Ireland on Tuesday morning.

It took former professional rugby player Damian Browne 112 days to reach his hometown.

He left Chelsea Piers on June 14 with a partner.

However, Fergus Farrell had to drop out after the first two weeks due to health issues, leaving Browne to cross the ocean alone. He had to brave mountainous seas and howling winds, while battling equipment failures.

With just one man to stroke the oars, the trip took twice as long – nearly four months at sea.

Browne documented her 3,000+ mile journey on social media.

On Tuesday morning he was greeted in Galway by his wife and daughter, as well as Farrell.

“I feel so relieved and so joyful and so proud of him, of his accomplishments and I can’t believe he’s here,” Browne’s mother, Mary Browne, said.

Farrell was also there to greet his bearded friend.

“Now I feel absolute relief because Damo came home, because I left him alone in this ocean, so I’m relieved he’s here,” Farrell said.

Browne becomes the first person to row from New York to Galway.

It’s an amazing accomplishment for anyone, but if you’re Damian Browne, you add it to the list. He has already rowed across the Atlantic and climbed Everest.

“I learned that I crave connection with the people around me and that’s something I really need to spend more time on, connecting on deeper levels with those people,” Browne said. “It gives you a great perspective on what’s important in your life.”

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