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Expat rowers found

The British expatriates who went missing during a charity rowing event have been found alive and well.

Tom Wigram, 30, Matthew Hampel, 32, Chris Gammon, 35 and Pete Staples, 38, had been rowing across the Indian Ocean to raise money for prostate cancer and had lost contact with race organisers.

Out of touch since last Friday, the rowers were thought to be off the coast of Africa, some 500 miles from the finish.

Mr Wigram’s wife said a text message from her sister informed her that the men had been found.

The expats are all based in New Zealand and got into trouble after their GPS and satellite phone broke just 71 days into the race.

The Indian Ocean Rowing Race is billed as the world’s longest rowing event and began in Geraldton, Western Australia, with crews aiming to reach Mauritius.

International health insurance may not cover such extreme sporting events, although it does provide essential help for expatriates living abroad.

Mark PawlakADNFCR-1788-ID-19249821-ADNFCR

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