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Capsized Atlantic rower's family tell of relief after rescue

The family of an Irish champion rower who was rescued from the Atlantic after his boat capsized was last night waiting anxiously to hear from him.

Aodhan Kelly (26), pictured, was just 500 miles off the coast of Barbados and within three days of smashing the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic when his boat capsized after being hit side-on by a large wave, forcing him and his five crewmates into their life raft.

They spent 14 hours in rough seas before they were eventually rescued by a cargo ship at 1am yesterday.

Speaking to the Irish Independent from the family home in Palmerstown in Dublin, Mr Kelly's mother Anna said she, her husband John and daughter Roisin, were hugely relieved that he was safe and well.

"Naturally from a parent's point of view, the whole trip has been nerve-wracking but we didn't doubt Aodhan was capable of it," she said.

The crew were on day 27 of their Atlantic Odyssey Challenge -- in which they hoped to break the 30-day record for the fastest crossing of the ocean by a team of rowers -- when disaster struck at 11am Irish time on Monday.

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