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Dagenham amputee veteran completes Atlantic rowing challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:40 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 08 February 2016

Lee Spencer from the Row2Recovery team prepares in his boat before the start the Talisker Atlantic Challenge 2015 from La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

Lee Spencer from the Row2Recovery team prepares in his boat before the start the Talisker Atlantic Challenge 2015 from La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

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Four amputee ex-servicemen sailed their way to a new world record this afternoon after rowing across the Atlantic.

The Row2Recovery team, a group of wounded military veterans setting off on the AtlanticThe Row2Recovery team, a group of wounded military veterans setting off on the Atlantic

Dagenham-born Royal Marine Lee Spencer and the rest of the Row2Recovery team became the first all-amputee team to row an ocean by completing the 3,000mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 47 days.

The four man crew, who have just three legs between them, far surpassed their expectations of completing the challenge in 55 days to land 8th spot in the competition.

They have finished 10 days behind the winners of the competition, Ocean Reunion, who broke the race record of what has been dubbed the world’s toughest rowing race.

Supporters of the Row2Recovery team have been sending in lots of positive messages.

(Left to right) Paddy Gallagher, Nigel Rogoff, Lee Spencer and Cayle Royce MBE who lost limbs while serving for the British armed forces(Left to right) Paddy Gallagher, Nigel Rogoff, Lee Spencer and Cayle Royce MBE who lost limbs while serving for the British armed forces

The team was raising money for Help for Heroes, Blemsa, Prince Harry’s Endeavour Fund and Row2Recovery.

For more information, visit row2recovery.com

Pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Post to find out more about the achievement.


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