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Cornish rowers beached on West Indies reef near finish

Two Cornwall rowers who spent almost three months racing across the Atlantic have had to be rescued less than one mile (1.6km) from the finish line.

Phil Pring and Ben Cummings, from Penzance, set off on the 3,000 mile (4,828km) trip from the Canaries to the West Indies on 4 January.

The pair, members of Zennor Gig Club, were picked up by Antiguan authorities after their boat hit a reef on Sunday.

Falmouth Coastguard said that both rowers were safe and well.

The men were taking part in the Atlantic Rowing Race and were lying in 15th place when their boat, Vision of Cornwall, ran aground on a reef.

However, according to race organisers Woodvale Challenge, although 36-year-old Mr Cummings and Mr Pring, 32, did not manage to complete the Atlantic Rowing Race, they have, however, officially completed an Atlantic crossing because they passed the eastern tip of Antigua.

Last month the men told BBC News that there had been a lot of "niggling problems" during the voyage in their boat, which was built in a barn near Helston.

As well as having to cope with heat and weight-loss, just two weeks after setting off from the Canary Island of La Gomera, their drinking water maker failed when a charger from their solar panels broke - resulting in them having to be supplied from a support boat.



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