Atlantic rowers back on dry land after sea rescue

Two young rowers have arrived safely back in the UK after their attempt to cross the Atlantic ocean was cut short due to a catalogue of problems. Lauren Morton from Wetherby and Hannah Lawton were drifting at sea for a week before being rescued.

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From the Canaries to Calendar....via Canada: Atlantic rower Lauren Morton

Wetherby rower Lauren Morton was stranded in perilous conditions in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean after a catalogue of disasters during one of the world's toughest ever rowing challenges.

Lauren and her rowing partner Hannah Lawton were attempting to become the youngest female pair to row the three thousand miles for charity.

Despite heroic efforts to finish they had to be rescued by a cargo ship and finally made it home at the weekend. Duncan and Christine have been chatting to Lauren and her Mum and Dad, Sue and Wayne.

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Lauren Morton from Wetherby and her rowing partner Hannah Lawton, had to quit their 3000 mile Atlantic challenge after being plagued by problems including equipment failure, high seas, strong winds, a fire and the boat capsizing.

They were left drifting at sea for days waiting for a replacement rudder. The pair are now both back on dry land. They were among 17 teams taking part in the race from Canary Islands to Antigua.

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Watch: Stranded at sea Atlantic rowers' diary

A woman from Wetherby who was stranded at sea for days after an attempt to row the Atlantic ended in disaster, has captured some of the events which led to the challenge being cut short, on camera.

Louise Morton and her rowing partner Hannah Lawton spent three months at sea in the hope of becoming the youngest women to make the trip. But they were beset with problems including strong winds, mountainous seas and equipment failure ending in them having to be rescued.

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Hannah Lawton and Lauren Morton back on UK soil Credit: ITV News Calendar

Two young rowers have arrived back in the UK after their attempt to cross the Atlantic ocean ended in them drifting for almost a week.

Lauren Morton from Wetherby and her rowing partner Hannah Lawton had been at sea for more than three months in one of the world's most gruelling rowing challenges.

The pair were greeted at Heathrow by their families Credit: ITV News Calendar

The pair in their 20's had to be rescued by a freighter when they got lost during the Atlantic mission ending up a 1000 kilometres from their tropical destination.

They were attempting to row from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the West Indies in honour of a friend who had died from cervical cancer. But were plagued with problems including a fire on their boat and a broken rudder.

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