Ocean rowers appeal for food

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Two British adventurers who are less than 500 miles from their destination of San Francisco after rowing nearly 6,000 miles across the North Pacific Ocean from Choshi, Japan, have made the tough decision to request food from passing vessels should the opportunity arise. A decision that, if followed through, will signal the end to their dreams of an unassisted ocean crossing.

"It's October now, the sea temperature is 16 degrees [Celsius] we're dealing with gales on an almost daily basis," said Capt. Mick Dawson. "With their accompanying seas, the chances of having 'friendly' conditions to receive an emergency last-minute resupply would be slim, to say the least. We would be risking injury to ourselves and others to go down that route and worst of all ... We might lose the food.'

You can follow their progress, keep up to date with their daily blogs, send them messages of support and donate to their chosen charities by visiting their Web site www.goldengateendeavour.com

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