Nick Hancock completes Rockall Solo 2014

Monday 21 July 2014

Rockall record-breaker Nick Hancock returned to the Western Isles on Sunday 20 July after 45 days on the rocky outcrop and was immediately hailed a hero - by his son Freddie.

Freddie drags Dad home

Freddie, aged two, was waiting at the pier at Leverburgh in the south of the Isle of Harris with his mum Pamela when his adventurer dad arrived on a cruise boat after his stay which has put him in the record books and raised thousands for forces charity Help For Heroes.

Initially, a bit put out that he had to wait so long to spot his dad, the wee boy was ecstatic to see him at last as the boat neared. As Nick stepped ashore, Freddie ran to him to welcome him back.

An emotional Nick said: "You have grown since I left. You're speaking so much better and I love you."

Freddie seemed unimpressed by his dad's new thicker beard and demanded to know what he saw on the rock.

Mum Pamela also had an emotional reunion with Nick and said: "Although I did not try and stop Nick having this adventure we have really missed him. It is wonderful to have him back. Freddie is really excited."

Luckily, conditions were calm on Saturday morning when the cruise boat Orca III arrived at Rockall to pick up Nick. The operation to get him, his Rockpod and his many items of gear went smoothly.

Nick said: "I survived a horrendous storm on July 1 and I lost several barrels of supplies. It would have been very difficult if not impossible to continue to 60 days as I originally hoped."

Several of the crew from the Kilda Cruises boat as well as STV cameraman Michael Skelly went onto the rock as did the boat skipper, Captain Angus Smith of Stornoway.

A veteran of yachting and cruising, Capt Smith said: "That was my sixth visit to Rockall and I finally got on. It was very special."



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