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Mayday plea for Scilly presenter

The transatlantic rowing challenge undertaken by a Radio Scilly presenter and three other islanders has ended when their 29 foot boat capsized, 450 miles off Cape Cod.

Tim Garratt had, hours earlier, sent through a voicemail message using a satellite phone for broadcast at Radio Scilly. He had spoken about big seas but also sunny conditions.

The men called "mayday" when the boat sank and, after spending seven hours in the water, they were rescued a passing merchant vessel. They have been treated on board for mild hypothermia and will be taken to Amsterdam.

Radio Scilly was alerted to the incident when Will Garratt, also a Radio Scilly presenter, came into the studio to tell Keri Jones about a text he had received. Radio Scilly content producer James Watt joined the team's coverage. James rents a room from one of the 4 rescued rowers, Chris Jenkins.

The station's reaction to the breaking news was captured by a film crew producing the third series of BBC2's "An Island Parish" who have been filming at the station.

Managing Director Keri Jones told RadioToday.co.uk: "We're all pleased that the boys are safe and well. They are all heroes for having shown the bravery in setting off on this challenge and we'll make sure the islands know they should be treated as such when they come home”

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