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Naked rowers abandon third Atlantic crossing bid

Two men abandon their third attempt at crossing the Atlantic while naked on a paddle boat after two previous failed bids.

Kieran Sweeney, 26, and Callum MacDonald, 25, of Cumbria, England, wanted to raise 50,000 euros for the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital. Their vessel? A home-built 22-foot carbon fiber coated plywood paddle craft they had hoped to pedal 3,192 miles in 32 days.

They were rescued by helicopter during a severe storm a week after food poisoning scuppered their second attempt at the 3,000 mile crossing.

One of the duo, who designed and built the vessel himself, said he is now working on the design for a new boat.

"It's probably not the best idea I've had. It's probably the craziest, but we're definitely capable of doing it," he told the British press.

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