Rudder problems force u-turn

A Wiltshire engineer has aborted his attempt to walk non-stop across the Irish Sea in a giant hamster wheel.

Chris Todd, 35, departed Trearddur Bay, Anglesey on Sunday afternoon to begin his 66-mile hike.

His ‘Tredalo‘ was powered by walking inside a large steel paddle wheel and he aimed to reach Greystones, near Dublin in just under two days.

But nine hours after setting off he turned back when his boat, which he made in his back garden, suffered rudder problems as he approached the halfway point of his crossing.

Event co-ordinator Annie Davis said Mr Todd was ‘making a lot better progress than we’d actually anticipated’ when the problems occurred and had ‘shown it can be done’.

Mr Todd plans on trying again later this month.

Picture courtesy of Twitter @welsh_gal.

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