Rowers Lloyd Figgins and David Whiddon aim to cross Atlantic Ocean

David Whiddon and Lloyd Figgins
Image caption The men will spend Christmas day at sea rowing constantly in two hour shifts

A man from Oxford has flown to Morocco for the start of a 3,000 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic.

Lloyd Figgins and his friend David Whiddon aim to row from Morocco to Antigua to raise awareness and funds for the RNLI.

They hope to complete the trip in 60 to 90 days by continuously rowing in two hour shifts.

The men will be spending Christmas Day 750 miles (1,207km) off the African coast.

Mr Figgins said: "We've got food for a 100 days, if it goes beyond that we're on the fishing line."

The pair hope to raise £24,000 for the RNLI, which is the cost of training one station's lifeboat crew.

Mr Figgins works at the Oxford-based charity Earthwatch which arranges trips and holidays for members of the public who want to help with scientific studies.

During the crossing he will be monitoring sightings of marine life and feeding the information back to research organisations.

People can follow the attempt over the next few months on the rower's website www.atlanticcalling.com

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