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Amputee former marine makes rowing history, shattering able-bodied Atlantic crossing record

A former British marine who lost one of his legs in an accident has made history as the fastest unsupported solo rower across the Atlantic.

Lee Spencer, 49, finished the crossing from mainland Europe to South America in just 60 days, breaking the able-bodied record for the route by 36 days.

Spencer who is now the first disabled person to row from one continent to another told the BBC "no-one should be defined by disability".

The 24-year army veteran began his journey hoping to raise money for other people like himself or people in similar positions.

He raised more than £55,000 for the Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund.

During his endeavour he faced 40 foot waves, suffered gastroenteritis and had little to no sleep each day.

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    The 49-year-old faced 40 foot waves and slept for only two hours at a time during the endeavour. Source: Reuters