British amputees row Atlantic Ocean

  • 05/02/2016
British amputees row Atlantic Ocean

A crew of British military veterans have become the first team of amputees to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

They celebrated their success by Skyping with Prince Harry, who jokingly scolded them for keeping him waiting.

The first all-amputee crew to power their way across the Atlantic rowed their way into the record books, finishing after 3000 gruelling miles in Antigua this afternoon.

The pride of four ex-servicemen clear to see as they enjoyed the taste of success. But their final hours of rowing proved to be some of the toughest.

"I genuinely thought we were going to miss the island," says Lance Corporal Cayle Royce. "When the weather came through last night it did throw us off."

"[It was] probably one of the worst 12-hour periods we've had at sea and it was on the last night, so [we're] really happy to be here and so happy everybody is in one piece -- the pieces they have, anyway -- and safe and sound."

It was a hero's welcome and after seven weeks at sea, it was a chance at last to embrace family and friends, and to check out some impressive beards.

The crew set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December the 20, covering 400 miles in the first five days and celebrating Christmas near Cape Verde.

They rowed non-stop for 47 days -- 3000 miles across the Atlantic. Their journey ended in Antigua today.

"For the first couple of weeks I kept thinking, there's a reason no one has done this before, and we have done it," says Royal Marine Colour Sergeant Lee Spencer.

Prince Harry called in over the internet to offer his congratulations in his own unique style.

After all they've endured, it's mission accomplished. Their exhausting effort and determination culminates in a moment they'll never forget.

Their epic achievement across the Atlantic will be an inspiration to many.

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