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British 72-year-old is oldest person to row solo across Atlantic

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Graham Walters nearly missed out when he was blown off course six miles from Antigua

A 72-year-old man from Leicester has claimed the world record for the oldest person to row across the Atlantic solo, after nearly missing out on the accolade when he was blown off course six miles from shore.

Graham Walters had to call for assistance from the coastguard just off Antigua, his final destination, when strong winds blew him off path and his world record attempt hung in jeopardy.

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