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UWE students refuse to quit Atlantic rowing challenge

UWE students refuse to quit Atlantic rowing challenge Credit: Promotional Video

Two university students from UWE in Bristol are refusing to quit in their attempt to row across the Atlantic, despite becoming stranded at sea.

Lauren Morton and Hannah Lawton are taking part in the Atlantic Challenge, raising money in memory of a friend who died from cervical cancer.

But the pair have suffered so many problems, they remain more than a thousand miles from the finish line while all the other competitors have finished.

Stranded rower's father: "It's been a tough 69 days"

The father of 24-year-old rower Lauren Morton has spoken of his concern for his daughter and her partner Hannah, after they became stranded at sea.

Wayne Moreton says the Bristol students faced numerous problems during the race but are determined to finish, as they're competing in memory of their friend who died of cervical cancer.

He spoke to Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot on ITV News Calendar:

Bristol students stranded in Atlantic during race

Bristol University students Lauren Morton and Hannah Lawton are waiting for help mid-Atlantic after their rudder broke.

They're taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Race, which is considered one of the most perilous rowing challenges in the world.

A man from Bridlington won the race in January, as Duncan Wood explains:

Lecturers union Branch President explains strike

Thousands of University students have had their classes disrupted today because of strike action by lecturers and other staff.

Members of three unions walked out in protest at a one per cent staff pay offer. At The University of Bristol more than two hundred members from Unite, UNISON and The University College Union took to the picket line. Katie Rowlett spoke to Professor James Annett, the Branch President of the UCU.

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Hope for high blood pressure sufferers

Scientists at the University of Bristol think they could have made a breakthrough in the treatment of high blood pressure.

It's a problem that affects more than a third of the population and leaves many facing a lifetime of tablets. But now it seems that some nerves in your neck might hold the key to solving the problem. John Bevir reports.

Antarctic mission called off: full report

Scientists from Bristol University attempting to drill beneath Antarctica in a search for undiscovered life, have called off their mission.

They were trying to drill through 3 kilometres of ice to reach the water and mud underneath Lake Ellsworth.

But late on Christmas Eve the decision was taken to stop. Adam Grierson reports:

Professor: Ice mission cancellation 'hugely frustrating'

Professor Martin Siegert said the aborted mission was "hugely frustrating":

This is of course, hugely frustrating for us, but we have learned a lot this year._

Although circumstances have not worked out as we would have wished, I am confident that through the huge efforts of the field team, and our colleagues in the UK, we have done as much as we possibly could have done, and I sincerely thank them all._

– PROFESSOR MARTIN SIEGERT, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, SUBGLACIAL LAKE ELLSWORTH EXPERIMENT
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