Charity rowers rescued from Channel

A former army sergeant and his brother who set off from Dorset yesterday have been rescued from a 36-hour non-stop rowing challenge across the English Channel by the RNLI.

Nick Townsend decided to row 120 miles across the Channel with brother Jason Rice to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The brothers set off on their charity row at 6am on Thursday from Weymouth and hoped to reach St Helier in Jersey on Sunday. They were rescued off the coast of Alderney on Friday after strong winds and technical problems.

The brothers had rowed 90 miles in 28 hours in their world record attempt.

Shortly after leaving Weymouth when a cable snapped off the mast which held their light and radio aerial. This left them enduring six-foot waves in total darkness. Also, strong winds made caused them to be blown off course.

Mr Rice said they've not ruled out a future attempt.