Worthing rowers keen to get back in the boat days after dramatic rescue

The Argus: Worthing rowers keen to get back in the boat days after dramatic rescue Worthing rowers keen to get back in the boat days after dramatic rescue

Five rowers are in a battle to get back to the high-seas just days after being recovered in a dramatic ocean rescue.

The five-man crew of Team Atlantic Splash were airlifted from their ocean rowing boat Mission Atlantic five days into the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Sunday.

The team, with three Worthing-based members including skipper Neal Marsh, Bastien LeClair and Tom Hyland, were among 16 teams taking part in the gruelling 3,000-mile row from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

The team, who are trying to raise £200,000 for four worthy causes, were airlifted to safety on Sunday after their boat started taking on water.

The crew are now recovering back in the UK after their dramatic rescue but are keen to recover Mission Atlantic and get it back to the start line so they can complete the challenge and hit their fundraising target.

They will to the start point in Canary Islands tomorrow afternoon and will try to recover their boat over the weekend.

The five-man team are aiming to raise £200,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Tall Ships Youth Trust, the British Heart Foundation and the Macular Society.

Mr Marsh, 44, said: "My priority is the safety of the team and I'd like to thank everyone involved in our rescue.

“We've spent the last two years training and fundraising to compete in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise money for our four chosen charities.

"I'm pleased to report that our experiences haven't dampened our love of ocean rowing and we're keen to get back out there as soon as we can, but we need your help."

Carsten Heron-Olsen, chief executive of race organisers Atlantic Campaigns, added: "The safety of our crews is of the utmost importance.

"A race support vessel is always on the water offering 24-hour support, safety advisers constantly monitor the fleet, and we work very closely with the maritime authorities in the Canary Islands and Antigua."


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