High seas foil Nick’s first attempt to land on Rockall

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A CHARTERED surveyor has been beaten by the sea in his first attempt to land on Britain’s remotest rock and live in a converted water tank for two months.

Instead of spending his first of a record-breaking 60 days on Rockall, Nick Hancock, from Ratho, was last night heading back to where he started only a day – and 225 miles – earlier.

Mr Hancock had hoped to land on Rockall at around 3am yesterday – when the 20ft 
swell was due to drop to 4ft – but instead he found himself sailing back on the Orca 
III cruise vessel to the Isle of Harris. Stornoway Coastguard confirmed that the swell was too great for a landing after the 15-hour journey.

“He didn’t get on – the swell was too much – and is now heading back to Leverburgh [in Harris],” a spokeswoman for the coastguard said yesterday.

It is believed that Mr 
Hancock will now wait for the right conditions, which could take several days.

The 38-year-old left Harris with his yellow “rockpod” accommodation to travel by chartered boat to Rockall, where bad weather could see him stuck in the pod for three or four days at a time.