Captain Calamity Roy Finlay and his crew w plucked to safety just 150 miles into Atlantic trip | Mail Online
'I'd love to say I love physical challenges - I don't!': Captain Calamity and his crew who were trying to row across the Atlantic are plucked to safety just 150 miles into trip
- Roy Finlay and his crew were trying to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic
- Attempting to break the world record of 31 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes
- Boat lost its steering south-east of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands
- All five rowers were plucked from the ocean just 150 miles into trip
By Bill Caven
03:58 EST, 16 November 2013 | UPDATED:
10:37 EST, 16 November 2013
Calamity Roy Finlay, pictured, had to be plucked to safety
just 150 miles into his latest world record-breaking attempt
Life on the ocean wave has previously landed him in hot water
Now the latest nautical adventure by the Scot dubbed Captain Calamity has, unsurprisingly, left him and four others high and dry.
For Roy Finlay and his international crew had to be rescued just three days into their world record-breaking attempt to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from the Canaries
in the Caribbean
Yesterday, after covering just 150 miles in their bid to beat the current
of 31 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes, they had to be plucked to safety.
The five-strong team of rowers – led by Finlay, who is originally from Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire and fellow Brit, Mike Palmer from Manchester – were rescued by a helicopter from the Spanish Maritime Rescue Service
boat Barracuda lost its steering
south-east of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, from where they only left on Tuesday.
All five were lifted from the stormy waters, including German Mario Ludwig from Hamburg, Ernst Fitby, from Vienna, and Spaniard Juame Vallori from Majorca.
Spanish authorities described them to be in good health
after they were flown to Tenerife Airport