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Father of stranded rower talks about son's plight

The father of a rower stranded 700 miles from the Japanese coast says his family is waiting anxiously for news. Charlie Martell from Cirencester was attempting to row 4,500 miles across the Pacific to San Francisco when his boat capsized in a tropical storm.

Coastguards in Japan are now co-ordinating his rescue. Charlie's father Charles Martell spoke to our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin about what has happened.


Gloucestershire rower forced to abandon Pacific ocean record attempt

Charlie Martell activated a distress signal after his boat was damaged in a storm Credit: PA

A rower from Gloucestershire has had to abandon his record-breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean. Charlie Martell from Cirencester was caught in a tropical storm 700 miles from the Japanese coast and is now awaiting rescue. Another rower, Sarah Outen, is also waiting to be rescued.