An Irishman Abroad

Gavan Hennigan: Episode 190

May 6, 2017

Not only is Gavan Hennigan the first extreme environment athlete to appear in the series, by trade, he is also a deep-sea saturation diver and holds the record for the fastest solo competitor to ever complete the 5,000km Atlantic rowing race. This week, Gavan speaks openly about his incredible journey from being a drug addict on the run (7:00) to working 200 metres below sea level (25:00) and being able to survive the jaw-dropping realities of surviving 50 days alone at sea (52:00).

Including the explanation behind his compulsion to pursue a life working in one of the world's most dangerous and isolated jobs (45:00), the moment he was forced by the drug squad to catch a 'bigger fish' (9:00) and an account of the sleep deprivation training (56:00) needed to survive his epic journey, this conversation is a sobering insight into the life of a man who came back from the brink of suicide to live a life he never dreamed possible as a true adventurer.

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