Falmouth Maritime and
Rescue Coordination Centre are currently coordinating the
search and rescue of ‘La Mondiale’ the British ocean rowboat
and its 14 crew.
‘La Mondiale’ is
attempting to break the current record by rowing from Gran
Canaria to Barbados, with the overall intention of raising £1
million for charitable causes.
The Coastguard received a
call this morning at 10.21am informing them that the rowboat
had lost its rudder after hitting a submerged object 280 miles
North West of Cape Verde, a temporary rudder had been rigged
up but had now failed them.
Martin Bidmead, Watch
Manager, Falmouth Maritime and Rescue Coordiantion Centre,
“We have been able to talk
to the crew which consists of several nationalities: British,
Scottish, Irish, Canadian and Faroese. They are all safe and
well, they are not in a situation of distress only the boat is
disabled. But the weather conditions on scene for the next few
days will not allow them to make the repairs to the rudder. A
Bulk Carrier ‘Island Ranger’ on passage from Brazil to Italy
is currently making its way to the rowboat and is expected on
scene at 8:00pm to offer assistance.”