Jeweller calls off trip after being rescued twice by the Coast Guard.
Lumbers Celebrity Row team have called off their charity row from Land’s End to John O Groats, after being rescued twice by the Coast Guard and barely escaping with their lives.
The team, led by Dominic Gomersall, owner of Leicester-based jewellers Lumbers, was told by a North Sea Coast Guard that it had been ’20 minutes from almost certain death.’
The team was battling force 10 gales, blowing it towards shipping lanes occupied by major vessels which could apparently have resulted in catastrophic circumstances.
The incidents occurred after what had so far been an incredibly successful journey, with the team braking two world records en route from Land’ End.
Gomersall said: “We are all obviously disappointed at not being able to complete the challenge we had set ourselves but the journey and the camaraderie that we experienced was something we will never forget.
“We cannot forget what has been achieved along the way, we are the first team to have rowed from the Atlantic, cross country to the North Sea and have set some incredible records including going through Foxton Locks in 20 minutes 40 seconds breaking the existing record which was set at 29 minutes.
The Lumbers Celebrity Row has already raised a substantial amount for charity, but is continuing to urge for donations for their four major charities; Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, The RNLI Lifeboats, Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust and The Princes Trust.
Gomersall added: “We would urge people to continue to donate to the four charities that we are raising money for as this is the primary reason for all of our efforts”