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Wife 'so proud' of rower who capsized in Atlantic Ocean

The wife of a Bedfordshire rower who was rescued after his ship capsized in the Atlantic Ocean has said she is "so proud" of his efforts.

Ian Rowe, 45, from Bedford, was one of a crew of six trying to row from Morocco to Barbados when their boat sank, 500 miles south-west of the Canary Islands.

Mr Rowe's wife, Lisa, said her husband would want to complete his challenge.

"To him, this will be unfinished business," she said.

"He will want to start again to prove he can do it."

The Atlantic Odyssey crew had been trying to row from Morocco to Barbados in less than 30 days.

They were 27 days into their journey when their 36ft (11m) vessel overturned on Monday when it was hit by two waves at the stern.

The team were rescued after 14 hours in a life raft by a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship.

Mrs Rowe had planned to travel to Barbados to greet the team on their arrival, but will now meet her husband in Gibraltar, where the crew is due to arrive on 9 February.

"I am very proud of him, of all of them," Mrs Rowe said.

"They have all been absolutely superb.

"What they have put themselves through - emotionally, mentally, everything - is more than most people ever do in their lifetime."

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