Rowers rescued as boat capsizes

Adventurer and presenter Mark Beaumont, from Perthshire, has just returned from his successful Cycling the Americas expedition. Mark cycled from Alaska to Terra Del Feugo and filmed the journey for a BBC documentary series which will be broadcast next month. 1st March 2010. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Adventurer and presenter Mark Beaumont, from Perthshire, has just returned from his successful Cycling the Americas expedition. Mark cycled from Alaska to Terra Del Feugo and filmed the journey for a BBC documentary series which will be broadcast next month. 1st March 2010. Picture by JANE BARLOW

THE latest bid by north east Fife adventurer Mark Beaumont to be part of another world record-breaking event has been ditched after the boat he was rowing across the Atlantic capsized.

Beaumont (29) and his five crew mates — who were aiming to complete the Atlantic Odyssey challenge in less than 30 days — were 27 days into their trip and just 520 miles from their destination of Barbados, when the 36-foot Sara G overturned.

Fortunately the incident happened in broad daylight just before a shift change so all crew were able to get into their life raft safely.

They were later picked up by a Panamanian cargo ship the Nord Taipei.

Posting on Facebook on Monday following the incident, Mark – who grew up in Newburgh – said the coastguard had been alerted after the Sara G capsized but all crew were safe.

A few hours later he confirmed they were all aboard the Gibraltar-bound Nord Taipei.