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British rower rescued 100 miles off US coast

British rower attempting to cross the Atlantic to raise money for charity has been rescued by the US coastguard after sustaining a back injury.

Niall Macdonald, from the town of Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland, is now being treated at a hospital in New Jersey after being picked up 100 miles off the US coast early on Saturday morning.

Niall Macdonald posted this picture from on board his boat on Thursday. Credit: Niall Macdonald/Twitter

He was making the 3,400 mile journey from the US to Scotland to raise money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

It would have involved rowing for 12 hours a day for three months.

He first contacted the British coastguard at 20:30 on Friday in what a spokeswoman described as "a considerable amount of pain and distress".

They then sent information to US colleagues who confirmed they had picked up Mr Macdonald.

Golden boys: Rowers head to Post Office to buy their stamps

The rowing men's four team have tweeted a picture of heading in to the Olympic village Post Office to pick up some of the stamps with their faces on.

Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory Credit: Twitter/ @PeteReedRowing

There are also traditionally sized versions available.

Andrew Triggs Hodge, Tom James, Pete Reed and Alex Gregory in stamp form Credit: Twitter/ @PeteReedRowing


Postage stamp to commemorate rowing Gold on sale tomorrow

A stamp to celebrate Team GB's gold in the rowing men's four will be will be on sale by lunchtime tomorrow.

The honour will be the first time Royal Mail has issued stamps on a Sunday.

Royal Mail will produce the stamp - celebrating Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs Hodge's success - within 24 hours.

A fleet of 90 Royal Mail vehicles will deliver the stamps to more than 400 post offices by lunchtime tomorrow.

This is the ninth gold medal stamp to be issued by Royal Mail.

Gold medallist's mother: 'It's not surprise to us, nothing stands in her way'

The parents of gold medal winning Team GB rower Katherine Copeland always believed their daughter would achieve Olympic glory.

Her mother and father Penny and Derek and brother Finlay were all at Eton Dorney to cheer her on today.

We had faith in her, we thought she could do it.

I think the lightweight women have been completely overlooked. No one has been following them. They all talk about other boats, but not so much the lightweight women.

But it is not a surprise to us.

She is so determined. She decides what she wants to do and she makes it happen. Nothing is going to stand in her way.

– Penny Copeland, Katehrine's mother

'Feet haven't touched the ground' for rowing Gold medallist

Pete Reed won Gold in this morning's men's coxless fours rowing:

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