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Cornwall man among four rescued from Pacific race

Sam Collins from Cornwall was competing in the race Credit: Great Pacific Race

Four rowers have been airlifted to safety after their boat began sinking during a race across the Pacific.

Fraser Hart, 33, from Tunbridge Wells, Sam Collins, 24, from Cornwall, James White, 35, from London and Colin Parker, 35, from New Zealand, were taking part in the Great Pacific Race.

The crew set off to row the 2,400 nautical miles from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday.

Their boat began taking on water and despite their efforts to stem it, evacuation was deemed necessary when they reached 77 nautical miles due west of Morro Bay.