Michael Holt: Atlantic Ocean Rower Dies After Hand Injury from Wave

Credits: The Sun

Michael Holt, a 54-year-old from Porthmadog, Gwynedd, tragically passed away from polytrauma due to accidental injury during a charity challenge.

Mr. Holt had embarked on a journey to row from Gran Canaria to Barbados to raise funds for charity. A Type 1 diabetic, he had completed 700 miles of the challenge before falling ill and ultimately losing his life onboard his boat.

The coroner, André Rebello, described Mr. Holt’s passing as a “tragic accidental death” caused by severe injuries in multiple areas of his body. Despite the circumstances, Mr. Holt was recognized for his “heroic efforts” during the challenge.

Michael Holt, Atlantic Ocean Rower (Credits: The Sun)

Prior to his death, Mr. Holt encountered challenges, including losing an oar and injuring his hand during rough seas. He also battled seasickness, which he attributed to a reaction to antibiotics. These difficulties led him to alter his course towards Cape Verde instead of continuing towards Barbados.

Unfortunately, communication with Mr. Holt was lost, and he was later discovered deceased in his cabin by a fishing vessel’s crew that had come to his aid.

His family, who raised over £20,000 to repatriate his body, praised his determination and spirit, highlighting his incredible achievement of rowing over 700 miles across the Atlantic Ocean despite the obstacles he faced.

David Holt, Michael’s brother, expressed immense pride in his brother’s tenacity and fundraising efforts for Mind and Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services. He noted that while Michael’s journey ended tragically, his determination and accomplishments remain remarkable and inspiring.

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