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Man living on rock to raise money for wounded soldiers

Man Living On Rock To Raise Money For Wounded Soldiers

One British man is taking things to the extreme to raise money for wounded soldiers.

Thirty-eight-year-old Nick Hancock is currently 29 days into his self-imposed 60-day challenge of living on this large rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Named Rockall, it's located more than 200 miles off the coast of Ireland.

He's spending his days inside a retrofitted yellow water tank that's harnessed to the rock. The Guardian reports it's 6 feet long and just 4 feet wide. It's not even tall enough for Hancock to sit up in properly.

NBC says, "Is your pod made to withstand those waves if one does swamp the rock?"

"I'm as confident as I can be that if I do get hit by water, I'm not going anywhere," Hancock replied.

And that confidence is key, because after taking a look at Hancock's Twitter account -- which he uses to keep fans updated on his journey -- that section of the ocean has been hit with some pretty serious wind and storms.

How he has Internet service on that remote rock, we wish we knew.

Maybe he figured out how to keep in touch with everyone during his first expedition on Rockall, which took place over five days in 2012. His website notes that during this trip he was gathering information for this 2014 60-day challenge.

Now, Hancock is living on this rock to raise money for charity, but in the process, he also hopes to set a new record for the longest time a single person has spent on that island.

The current record is held by Special Air Service veteran Tom McClean, who lived on the rock for 40 days in 1985.

Hancock's dreams might fall short, though. The BBC reports he lost four barrels of supplies in a storm Wednesday.

Hancock tweeted that because of that loss, he might be forced to return home early and that he's looking into getting help from Kilda Cruises, a company that provides boat trips to islands around Scotland.

So far, Hancock has raised more than 5,000 pounds for the charity Help for Heroes. His goal is to bring in 10,000 pounds.

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cvanac8550 July 07 2014 at 12:11 PM

well it seems wounded soldiers are treated the same in the UK as they are treated in this counrty...that pvt. citizens have to make dontations to help care for wounded and mostly forgoten soldiers by their govt's in discusting yet we reach out to illegal boarder crossers..throw billions at the Middle East....and as long as the unemployment continues here the powers that be will never run out of young men to go fight their manufactured wars .......

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charles racca July 07 2014 at 11:55 AM

Why not spend 60 days at his job and donate all that money to wounded warriors like the rest of us do or maybe he don't have a job and he's looking to get some PR for himself. It takes all kinds to make up this world, don't it?

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siouxmurphy charles racca July 07 2014 at 12:44 PM

Well said. It would be more productive for all concerned.

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onionson charles racca July 07 2014 at 2:51 PM

Have you or do you know many people that have donated 60 days of pay to that project? I doubt it. He is on track to make his goal of 10,000 pounds which is about $17,000 dollars. Did you make that much in 60 days and donate it like "the rest of us"? On the surface it might seem silly to you and there might even be some PR in it for him but the publicity will drive many donations beyond his. His method might be odd and possibly a bit self serving but he still gets an "A" for effort.

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MICHAEL July 07 2014 at 12:04 PM

what an idiot.

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alfredschrader July 07 2014 at 1:29 PM

HEY !!! That stuff dripping over that rock is sea gull droppings. Take an umbrella.

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hotspringspark July 07 2014 at 4:18 PM

Senseless fodder of useless activity designed to get attention and have someone write a book about your lazy, non productive stunt.

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I LOVE YOU JENNY July 07 2014 at 5:49 PM

There's a bright boy!!!!!!!!

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nam2205 July 08 2014 at 5:18 AM

I bet that fishing around the rock is good.

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