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Rowing pair united with families
Spirit of Cornwall
The men's boat failed to right itself
Two Cornishmen who capsized in a trans-Atlantic rowing race have been reunited with their families.

Bob Warren and Chris Barrett, from the Roseland Gig Club at St Mawes, were only 190 miles from the finish line in Antigua, when their boat capsized.

A signal from their distress beacon was picked up in the UK and passed to Falmouth Coastguards on Sunday.

They were picked up by a race yacht and arrived in Antigua on Tuesday, where their families greeted them.

Mr Warren, 40, and Mr Barrett, 41, took to a life raft after their boat Spirit of Cornwall failed to right itself.

A full-scale rescue was launched by Falmouth Coastguards in Cornwall who received an SOS from an emergency beacon on the boat at 1641 GMT on Sunday.

The men were picked up by the Aurora after a red flare was spotted by rescue vessels, which included UK warship HMS Southampton, at 2230 GMT.

It was the fourth major rescue during the race, which is organised by Devon-based Woodvale Events.

The race was won by All Relative, a family rowing team from Beer in Devon.

They finished the race more than 800 nautical miles (920 miles) ahead of their nearest rivals.




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