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Rockall - the small craggy mound poking out of the Atlantic - is currently the focus of a fight about who can legally fish around its ferocious seas.It is an 11-hour boat ride from the Outer Hebrides and birds, not people, are its resident population.Nevertheless, being in the middle of nowhere has not stopped adventurers keen to test their survival skills in an extreme environment. A few have successfully resided on the remote rock where algae, moss, and seaweeds lie over its surface.With the disputed waters around Rockall making headlines, BBC Scotland looks back at the survivalists who know the island best.
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'I was the first person to reside on Rockall'
Tom McClean was already a well-known adventurer when he embarked on the Rockall expedition
Tom McClean lays claim to being the first man to reside on Rockall, after spending 40 days and nights on the rock in 1985. The former SAS soldier was already a well-known adventurer, having become the first man to row solo across the Atlantic 16 years earlier. His Rockall adventure came 30 years after UK troops annexed the rock, though Iceland, Ireland and Denmark have laid claim to it since then. Mr McClean told BBC Radio 4's World at One that in the mid-80s he was keen to reaffirm British rights to the islet and prove that it was possible to sustain life there. BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie programme why he first went to Rockall. Having climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Elbrus in Russia, and completing the Marathon des Sables, he was "looking for an adventure". "I'd climbed a few mountains, run some ultra-marathons and kept running into people who'd done those sort of things as well, and really I just wanted to have an adventure on my own," he said.
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He spent more than six weeks living in a pod which he secured to the rock. He took all his food and water with him. "There is literally just a rock there, there's a couple of algaes, a few birds, a few seals and that's about it," Mr Hancock said. "I was tethered down in my shelter with ratchet straps, fixed to cemented metal fixings. It was pretty hairy out there."
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What's the current dispute about"Also, there is not a great deal of room on the rock, just a small platform where my survival pod was and a flat area at the top.?"We may have to take the tourists on in groups. The rock is very slippery with bird waste and landing such a large number of people will be quite an operation."?
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