Caribbean-bound cruise ship rescues 2 ocean rowers

AP News
Posted: Dec 14, 2011 5:08 PM
Caribbean-bound cruise ship rescues 2 ocean rowers

A Caribbean-bound cruise ship has rescued two men whose small boat capsized as they rowed across the Atlantic.

The Crystal Serenity picked up the pair from a life raft about 480 miles (772 kilometers) west of the Canary Islands. The men said they had been in the raft about 10 hours when they were rescued Wednesday, apparently unharmed.

A large wave sank the boat of British rower Tom Fancett and Dutch rower Tom Sauer. The men were competing with 16 other boats in the 2011 Atlantic Challenge Race.

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Britain's coast guard was alerted and sent out a request for help.

Ship operator Crystal Cruises says the Crystal Serenity diverted south and spent five hours searching for the men. The ship was en route to St. Maarten.