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Pink Lady Atlantic First Challenge

The BHF has saluted the courage of four British rowers who had to be plucked to safety from the Atlantic Ocean during a record-breaking bid to raise money for the charity.

  The Pink Lady Atlantic First Challenge crew rowing across the Atlantic Ocean
The crew of the Pink Lady were attempting to cross the Atlantic in a record-breaking 55 days to raise money for BHF. But their bid was ended after 60ft-high waves caused by Hurricane Alex snapped their vessel in half just 300 miles from home, west of the Scilly Isles.

The four clambered into a liferaft, where they clung on for six hours as waves continued to batter them, before a passing freight ship answered their distress call and picked them up.

They crew are now on their way back to England after the Scandanavian ship, the Reefer, took them safely back to dry land in southern Ireland.

BHF spokesman David Barker said: "We are extremely pleased that they are safe and well. That's the most important thing.

"The BHF relies on donations to fund our work fighting heart disease. But these men have put their own lives on the line to raise money for us, and that's an incredible thing to do. We salute their astonishing courage and bravery."

Even though the bid to break the record was ended, you can still help the crew in their efforts to raise more than £50,000 for the BHF's work.

Former Royal Marine Mark Stubbs, 40, Times newspaper journalist Jonathan Gornall, 48, ex-SAS man Pete Bray, 48 and navigation expert John Wills, 33 (all pictured above) had hoped to break the 55-day record set more than 100 years ago by two Norwegian fishermen by crossing the Atlantic and arriving on mainland Britain Falmouth in Cornwall.

Their vessel was The Pink Lady, a 30ft high-technology carbon fibre boat, light and designed for the job in hand - a
rapid 2,100 mile unsupported crossing of the North Atlantic in conditions that can range from flat calm to raging seas.

Skipper Mark Stubbs said: "The BHF does a brilliant job in encouraging people to make simple lifestyle changes that can help improve their health, such as walking more or incorporating more fruit and vegetables into their diet. We're really looking forward to supporting the BHF.

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