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Aleksander Doba is dead. The traveler was 74 years old

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Aleksander Doba, a Polish traveler and canoeist, died at the age of 74. The family of the deceased informed about it on Tuesday. Doba was the first man in history to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a single kayak.


“With deep regret, we announce that on February 22, the great canoeist Alexander Doba died. He died the death of a traveler, reaching the highest peak of Africa – Kilimanjaro, fulfilling his dreams. Regretful wife, sons, daughters-in-law and granddaughters” – wrote on Tuesday on the Doby profile Facebook.

Three times by canoe across the Atlantic

Aleksander Doba was born on September 9, 1946 in Swarzędz. He was a retired mechanical engineer, a graduate of the Poznań University of Technology. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean three times alone. His first canoeing trip from Africa to South America lasted 99 days (2010-2011). Thanks to it, he went down in history as the first man to cross these waters by canoe. The second, from Europe to North America, lasted 167 days (2013-2014). On May 16, 2017, he set off from New York on his third solo trip across the Atlantic. He covered more than 4,100 nautical miles and after almost four months on the water he reached France.

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In February 2015, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and in December 2018 he was awarded the Medal of the Centenary of Regained Independence.

In October 2018, as a non-party candidate, he became a councilor of the regional council of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.

“It shows that a Pole can do what others consider impossible.” 2016 report on Aleksander DobaTVN24

Main photo source: Marcin Bielecki / PAP

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