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Irish sailors cheat icy death.

Byline: DAVID RALEIGH

TWO Irish adventurers escaped death after an iceberg dragged their boat under the Arctic Ocean.

Paul Gleeson, from Limerick, Dubliner Denis Barnett and two Canadians, are half-way through their bid to be the first group to row across the Arctic's 3,000km North West Passage. But they woke to find the anchor they had attached to an iceberg was dragging the vessel under.

Paul said: "We were getting pushed backwards by the winds. All we could do was deploy a sea anchor, which slowed us down for a bit. So we all clamoured into the cabin and we woke up about an hour later to an iceberg.

"It was pulling the line of the anchor down. You had to react pretty quickly as it was starting to pull the boat underneath. We had to cut the line."

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ACTION STATIONS Crew anchor boat to an iceberg

BRAVE Denis Barnett

HANG ON Paul Gleeson

DANGER Boat makes its way through frreezing Arctic Ocean
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:0ARCT
Date:Aug 1, 2013
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