THE crew of a rowing boat that capsized in the Atlantic are due to return to the safety of Gibraltar this week.

The six-man team were 27 days into the Atlantic Odyssey challenge to row from Morocco to Barbados in under 30 days when their 36ft boat was capsized by a wave.

The five Britons and one Irishman were forced to endure a 14-hour wait in a cramped life raft before being rescued by a cargo ship.

“Frightened is a word I wouldn’t use, it was fight-or-flight response from everybody. It happened so quickly,” said skipper Matt Craughwell.

On the long wait to be rescued, he added: “The time went incredibly slowly, it was a traumatic experience.”