Trans-Atlantic rowers rescued from water

June 15, 2008 6:41:33 PM PDT
A four-man team rowing across the Atlantic from New York City to Britain had to be rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard when their boat capsized.

The crew of the 29-foot boat was only about a fifth of the way into its 3,262-mile journey from the Statue of Liberty when it ran into trouble.

The men were trying to reach the Bishop Rock Lighthouse on the Isles of Scilly, a group of small islands off England's southwest tip.

They hoped to break the trans-Atlantic record of 55 days and 13 hours set by two Norwegian-American rowers in 1896.

Britain's coast guard says the men were located from the air Saturday morning and taken aboard a nearby merchant vessel. The crew's Web site says they are now bound for Amsterdam.