Daily Mirror

16 rescued as rowers sunk by raging sea


SIXTEEN rowers in three vessels were rescued after galeforce winds and raging seas scuppered their bid to circumnavi­gate Britain.

The first craft from GB Row Challenge, which set out two weeks ago, was towed to safety after it lost touch with its shore contact, 42.5 miles off Pembrokesh­ire. It was found by a ferry and taken to Milford Haven.

The second called for help after running into difficulty 18 miles off Larne, Co Antrim. The rowers boarded a lifeboat.

The third was towed to shore after capsizing, then righting itself, 23 miles off Ardglass, Co Down.

Alex Smith, of HM Coastguard, said that even though the rowers were well prepared “they still got caught out”.

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