The capsizing of the James Robert Hanssen ocean rowing boat was a result of an open cabin hatch.
Jordan Hanssen said the crew was in the middle of a shift change when the boat capsized. With the cabin hatch open allowing rowers to swap places, water poured into the tiny cabin. When the boat capsized, the unsecured cabin prevented the boat from righting itself as it is designed to do.
The crew deployed the life raft and signaled for help. They were rescued several hours later and are now in Puerto Rico.
“We are bruised but not beaten,” Hanssen said in a phone interview this afternoon. The team left their passports, wallets and phones on the boat but hope to return home later this week.
The rowers posted a statement on their website this afternoon.