The US Coast Guards, who took some pictures of their encounter with Niall Iain, the damaged rudder, and his boat, spoke of their joy at being able to help the intrepid islander.

Lieutenant Commander Brian Chapman, Executive Officer, said: “The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Niall MacDonald today. The Row Boat ALBA's rudder was giving Mr MacDonald some trouble, so we dropped in to assist.

“He came by and visited with us shortly while the engineers helped with the rudder. The Diligence crew truly enjoyed learning about Mr. MacDonald and his journey.

“He was most inspiring.

“Mr MacDonald and the ALBA are back under way, next stop Scotland.

"We are rooting for Niall here too. His courage and tenacity embody the best in what we strive to be.”

Gaelic broadcaster Niall Iain left Norfolk, Virginia on May 23, in a bid to row solo across the North Atlantic to his home in Stornoway  – a distance of 3,400 miles.

He is aiming to raise awareness of mental health issues and at least £100,000 for Scottish mental health charity SAMH.

Donations can be made via Niall Iain’s JustGiving page at