Record rowing attempt abandoned after storm hits
ROWER Charlie Martell has been forced to abandon his record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean.
The 41-year-old, from Cirencester, sent a distress signal yesterday, after his boat, Blossom, was damaged in a tropical storm, 700 miles off the coast of Japan.
Lieutenant Martell, who holds two Guinness World Records for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, is now strapped into one of the boat's two cabins where he is waiting for the arrival of the Japanese coastguard. They are expected to arrive in the early hours of Saturday.
Tropical storm, Mawar, which was briefly a Category 3 typhoon with a recorded top wind speed of 115mph, has injured 16 people in the Phillipines during its course.
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Lieutenant Martell, who has been at sea for 34 days, was aware of the typhoon's approach, but could do nothing to change his course to avoid it.