Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Rowers rescued after boat capsizes

The Sara G has capsized 500 miles from Barbados (Atlantic Odyssey)

Six rowers, including an Irish national, have been rescued from a life raft in the North Atlantic after their boat capsized.

The crew of the Sara G, five of whom were British, were taking part in the Atlantic Odyssey challenge to row from Morocco in north Africa to Barbados in the Caribbean.

They were 27 days into their journey when the 36ft vessel overturned at 11am on Monday, 520 miles from their destination.

Coastguards in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, said the rowers were picked up from the raft, which they had lashed to the hull of their overturned boat, at 1.10am by the Nord Taipei, a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship.

A coastguard spokesman added: "They are all safe and well on board and proceeding to Gibraltar, where they are due to arrive on February 9."

Falmouth Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue with authorities in Martinique. A second vessel, the Naparima, was also due to reach the overturned boat's location by 4.30am, but was released after the rowers' rescue.

Earlier, a coastguard spokesman said: "The shore contact for the Sara G managed to get through to the crew of the boat via satellite phone and ascertained that the boat had capsized and they had abandoned to the life raft, which was tethered to the capsized vessel."

The Atlantic Odyssey website names the crew as captain Matt Craughwell; Ian Rowe, a 45-year-old father of four; Aodhan Kelly, 26, from Dublin; Simon Brown, 37, a father of three from Wiltshire, England; father-of-two Yaacov Mutnikas and 29-year-old Mark Beaumont, a documentary maker from Perthshire, Scotland.

The website states that they were rowing from Tarfaya in Morocco to Port St Charles in Barbados with the aim of becoming the first crew in history to break the sub-30 day barrier, calling it "ocean rowing's very own four-minute mile".

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