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Scottish charity rower injured on solo Transatlantic trip

A charity rower has sustained serious injuries during his attempt to sail solo from New York to Stornoway in Scotland.

Niall Iain MacDonald was tracking his progress on his website, NY2SY.co.uk Credit: STV

The New York Coast Guard used a helicopter to evacuate Niall Iain MacDonald from his 24-foot ocean rowing craft, Alliance Trust, which was more than 50 miles south of the city's Shinnecock.

They were alerted to the rower's distress by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Falmouth.

Mr MacDonald, 39, was aiming to row 3,400 miles on a three-month trip across the North Atlantic to raise awareness of mental health issues.