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Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS NEWCASTLE, rescued two British men from Ocean Rowing Boat "Transventure", 
1400 nautical miles west north west of Exmouth Western Australia on the 5th June 2003.

The 4100 tonne warship and its 220 crew was diverted two days earlier in response to a request 
from the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre, made after receiving a request for assistance from the rowing boat.

The vessel was initially located by HMAS NEWCASTLE's helicopter at 8 pm (EST) when a search was conducted ahead of the ship. NEWCASTLE arrived at the position at 2.20 am (EST) and rescued the men by using their rigid hulled inflatable boats.

One of the men had sustained a head injury and was tended to by NEWCASTLE's embarked doctor. 
He is now reported to be in a stable condition.

The crew of HMAS NEWCASTLE then recovered the Ocean Rowing Boat 'Transventure' 
and commenced her passage back to Fremantle, Western Australia.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS NEWCASTLE, Captain Gerry Christian maintained contact with the men 
during their transit to the rescue position, attempting to keep them motivated and reassured.

He later said, "I'm pleased that we were in a position to assist in this rescue. 
'm proud of the professionalism shown by my ship's company 
and the care they demonstrated to ensure the safe rescue of the ocean rowers".

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