Scilly Boys Row4Home – Sad News

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The following is a press statement from the official Row4Home website.

Saturday 14th June 2008. Concern was raised for the four crew aboard the 29 foot Atlantic Ocean rowing Boat ‘Scilly Boys’ after Falmouth Coastguard received a iridium call at 01:00am BST from one of the crew members. The call indicated that the boat had capsized, 420 nautical miles east of Cape Cod and all four crew were in the two cabins.

Chris Jenkins, Tim Garratt, Wayne Davey and Joby Newton were attempting to row across the North Atlantic from New York, United States of America to the Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (3,100 nautical miles). The team had left Liberty Landing Marina on the 1 June 2008 in a bid to break the longest standing ocean rowing record set in 1896 by Harboe and Samuelson of 55 days.

The United States Coast Guard, Norfolk, Virginia Rescue Coordination Centre, coordinated the search, a merchant vessel ‘Gulf Grace’ was diverted to the rowing boats last known position and a search aircraft (Hercules) was scrambled to assist in the search.

James Instance, Watch Manager, Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, says:

“We have been assisting the US Coast Guard in any way that we can. We were anxious to receive a position update for the boat as we last spoke with the crew at 01:00am and requested that they should activate their beacon, which we picked up only once at 02:20am. The weather conditions on scene were north north-east winds 7 – 8 with a 3 –4 metre seas and poor visibility.

The Crew were located by the aircraft and taken aboard the ‘Gulf Grace’ at 08:00am – we understand all four are relatively safe and well – suffering slight hypothermia.”

Simon Chalk, Woodvale Challenge Ltd, Comments:

‘We are hugely relieved that the guys have been rescued and are safe and well, so many thousands of people from around the world have watched their epic challenge and will share in our sadness that their voyage has been cut short’

Euan Rodger on behalf of key sponsor Tresco Estate added ‘We are all very relieved that Chris, Tim, Joby and Wayne are safe and well. Their challenge captured the imagination of the world and it is very sad indeed that it has come to an early end. We look forward to giving the four men a rousing welcome back, here in the Isles of Scilly non the less!’

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