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Children in Need: Rower Niall Iain Macdonald rescued

Niall Iain Macdonald
Image caption Niall Iain Macdonald was rowing from Barra to Lewis when the oar snapped

A Gaelic TV and radio presenter undertaking a charity rowing challenge had to be rescued after an oar broke half way through his expedition.

Stornoway Coastguard said Niall Iain Macdonald, 37, was rowing from Barra to Lewis for Children in Need when the oar snapped at about 15:30.

He was left floating off north-west Uist, about half way through his journey of about 100 miles.

Barra lifeboat towed him to Leverburgh on Harris.

Mr Macdonald set off from Barra at about 11:30 on Wednesday and had hoped to reach Stornoway in Lewis in time for the Children in Need broadcast on Friday.

He is also training for a solo ocean row from New York to Stornoway next year.

He hopes to start his North Atlantic crossing attempt, called NY2SY, at the end of May.

In 2008, the broadcaster rowed from Lewis, across the Minch, to Ullapool on the Scottish mainland.

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