Two rowers making an epic transatlantic crossing for charity have received provisions from the Type 23 frigate HMS Portland F79 after they signalled Falmouth Coastguard for assistance. The rowers reported that they had almost run out of food as the end to their crossing was in sight and that they had been living on the bare minimum for a week. The Type 23 frigate responded to the rowers before launching their sea boat to send over at least three days of additional supplies for them to complete their crossing.
The two rowers, Tom Hudson and Pete Fletcher, are completing the epic challenge to support the McGrath Foundation, an Australian charity which aims to raise breast cancer awareness and put breast cancer nurses in to communities. They are aiming to become the first pair in history to row unassisted from New York to London, a journey of more than 3,000 nautical miles. So far the pair have raised 12,000 Australian dollars (£5,496) for the charity but after 97 days at sea things were getting grim but the men remained committed.
Included in the hamper from HMS Portland was soup, pasta, a thermos flask of tea and a bottle of champagne for the pair to celebrate the end of their journey on Friday.