Ex-servicemen prepare for Atlantic challenge

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A team of ex-servicemen - some badly injured in combat - have been on Devon's River Dart preparing for a race across the Atlantic in a rowing boat.

The Row2Recovery team aims to raise money for charities such as Help for Heroes.

The six men will row from the Canary Islands to Barbados on a boat 29ft long (9m) and 6ft (1.8m) wide which has been redesigned to tailor to the needs of the disabled rowers.

They will leave La Gomera on 4 December on an 8-12 week crossing to the West Indies along the route taken by Christopher Columbus 520 years ago.

Of the 452 rowing boat crews to ever attempt this Atlantic crossing, only 284 have succeeded.

They are estimating they will be at sea for about 60 days including Christmas and have 3,000 miles (4,830km) to cover.

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