The Coast Guard has rescued a man who was caught in a storm trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat.

52-year-old Duncan Hutchinson was attempting to row from New York to Scotland beginning one Sunday night, when he faced 21 m.p.h. winds and 8½-foot seas about 20 miles east of Barnegat Light, New Jersey. The panicked man came to his senses and called the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard rescue boat navigated the high seas, searched and reached the man and his small craft some time on the following Monday morning. Officials say thankfully the man was well prepared and radioed for help, before it was too late. Hutchinson had an exciting few hours before the Coast Guard could track him down.