Fight Oar Die team aboard the Hanze Goteborg after being picked up (Picture: Fight Oar Die).
The Fight Oar Die team aboard the Hanze Goteborg after being picked up (Picture: Fight Oar Die).
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US military team rescued after boat capsizes during gruelling 3,000-mile Atlantic challenge

Fight Oar Die team aboard the Hanze Goteborg after being picked up (Picture: Fight Oar Die).
The Fight Oar Die team aboard the Hanze Goteborg after being picked up (Picture: Fight Oar Die).

An All-American team of four military veterans have been rescued after their boat capsized during a 3,000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge.

Fight Oar Die's rowing boat turned over after being hit by a large wave northwest of the Cape Verde Islands on 28 December.

They were 16 days into the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the 'world's toughest row' – and abandoned into a life raft after they were unable to right their vessel.

A nearby ship picked up the team and they are safe and well aboard the Hanze Goteborg, a Dutch bulk carrier.

Watch: Fight Oar Die show off underwater drone ahead of the 'world's toughest row'.

Atlantic Campaigns released a statement about the rescued team, saying: "The crew of Fight Oar Die are safe and well. Following being capsized by a massive wave, the boat failed to self-right.

"Despite the best efforts of the crew, they were unable to right the vessel and abandoned into the life raft.

"A nearby vessel was alerted and the rescue was carried out. The crew are safely on board vessel Hanze Goteborg, being well looked after and will make landfall in Canada in early January."

The statement went on: "Atlantic Campaigns will support Will, Chad, Nick and Tommy on their journey home and will continue to liaise with their ground crew.

"The weather on the Atlantic has been really testing our incredible fleet and will continue to for the next 12-24 hours, however calmer days will soon return, and our safety team continue to monitor all teams on all systems 24 hours a day."

The Fight Oar Die team were taking part in the Atlantic challenge to raise money for veterans.

The American Fight Oar Die team is made up of military veterans who took on the challenge to raise money for veterans (Picture: Fight Oar Die).
The American Fight Oar Die team is made up of military veterans who took on the challenge to raise money for veterans (Picture: Fight Oar Die).

A statement from the Fight Oar Die support team said: "We don't have a lot of answers besides they are safe, alive, and apparently uninjured. We are in touch with them and their families.

"Thank you to this ship for being in the right part of the Atlantic at the right time."

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge extreme endurance event is an annual challenge that sees competitors row more than 3,000 miles, travelling west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour, in Antigua and Barbuda.

Military personnel and veterans are among the 43 teams who have entered the race, including HMS Oardacious, a team of Royal Navy submariners and Team Atlantic Guardsmen, who are officers and soldiers serving with the Scots Guards.