Scot’s Rockall record attempt postponed

Nick Hancock tests out the pod he will be sleeping in for around 60 days. Picture: Greg Macvean
Nick Hancock tests out the pod he will be sleeping in for around 60 days. Picture: Greg Macvean
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AN ADVENTURER’S attempt to land on a remote rock in the Atlantic has been thwarted by heavy seas.

Nick Hancock, a chartered surveyor from Ratho, near Edinburgh, plans to spend 60 days on the isolated outpost Rockall. However his landing plans were reportedly scuppered by waves of up to eight metres (25ft).

Hancock’s ship has now returned to St Kilda, and is believed to be staying overnight before setting off again when the weather clears.

Rockall, an eroded volcano, lies 260 miles and an 11-hour boat ride west of the Outer Hebrides.

Mr Hancock has taken all food and water with him, and will live in a 150kg shelter bolted to the rock in his bid to break the current 42-day record. Among the items he has taken with him are a harmonica – which he aims to learn to play while on his island prison.

Another essential item he has packed is whisky. He celebrated his departure from the mainland with a dram.

Speaking to the Guardian, Hancock said that the possibility of a failed landing was in his mind.

He said: “At the end of the day, the skipper is in charge and he’s using his men and equipment to get me there. If he calls it off, I really can’t argue with him.”