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Rowers complete Atlantic journey

A group of injured British servicemen have completed their row across the Atlantic after 51 days at sea.

The six-man team, of whom four lost limbs during service in Iraq or Afghanistan, battled through a number of setbacks including nearly running out of water.

They arrived in Port St Charles, Barbados, on Wednesday to be greeted by friends and family - as well as Sir Cliff Richard. During the trip they were spurred on by a phone call from Prince Harry. And they also got a special congratulatory message from The Queen.

The team, named Row2Recovery, aims to raise £1 million for wounded soldiers by completing the 3,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The crew left La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 5 and spent Christmas and several of their birthdays at sea during the task.

Team co-founder Alex Mackenzie, 33, who left the army in 2008 after serving tours of Iraq and Afghanistan with the Parachute Regiment, said: "There were times when we thought we wouldn't see this moment. It's hard for it to sink in, there's been so many ups and downs in the journey."

Other team members were co-founder Ed Janvrin, Lieutenant Will Dixon, Corporal Neil Heritage, Corporal Rory Mackenzie and Lance Corporal Carl Anstey.

As they approached the finish line, the crew telephoned patients and staff at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, where four of them spent time recovering from their own injuries.

In her message, the Queen said: "Please convey my warm thanks to all the members of the Row2Recovery team on the occasion of them reaching the end of their row across the Atlantic, in aid of injured soldiers and their families.

"I heard of the trials and tribulations on your journey and, in return, I send my good wishes to you all for the successful completion of the challenge."

Visit the website www.row2recovery.com for more details.

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