NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Kayakers heading from Shetland to Norway abandon trip

Three kayakers who began their charity sea voyage from Shetland to Norway have been forced to turn back because of rough seas and high winds.

Patrick Winterton, Mick Berwick and Olly Hicks left Skerries on the 240-mile (286km) journey hoping to follow the route of WWII resistance fighters.

But after travelling about 25 miles (40km) overnight they were forced to abandon their plans.

Mr Winterton said the group had learned a lot and would try again.

Seventy years ago small fishing boats sailed the north sea during WWII as part of the resistance fight.

The men had expected the trip to take four days, rowing 20 hours a day, with the RNLI among the charities benefiting.

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