Am­putee tar­gets able-bod­ied row­ing record

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Amy Woody­att

A FOR­MER Royal Marine who lost his leg is row­ing 3,500 miles solo across the At­lantic from Gi­bral­tar to French Guiana in an at­tempt to beat the able­bod­ied world record.

Lee Spencer, 49, nearly died as he stopped to help the pas­sen­gers of a car crash on the M3 in 2014.

Mr Spencer, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was help­ing pas­sen­gers out of the car when an­other ve­hi­cle crashed, send­ing de­bris fly­ing and sev­er­ing his right leg be­low the knee. “I woke up the next morn­ing a dis­abled man,” he said.

While in hos­pi­tal he met a wounded vet­eran who in­spired him to join an al­lam­putee row­ing crew at­tempt­ing to cross the At­lantic. With two Guin­ness World Records to his name, he is now row­ing 3,500 miles across the At­lantic, hop­ing to finish in un­der 70 days.

Not only will he be the first phys­i­cally dis­abled per­son to row this route solo and un­sup­ported from main­land Europe to main­land South Amer­ica, he hopes to beat the able-bod­ied record set by Nor­we­gian Stein Hoff in 2002.

Mr Spencer, who is rais­ing money for the Royal Marines Char­ity and the En­deav­our Fund, said: “If I can beat the able-bod­ied record, it would make such a state­ment that no one should be de­fined by dis­abil­ity.”

For­mer Royal Marine Lee Spencer lost his right leg be­low the knee while help­ing pas­sen­gers after a car crash in 2004

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