A BRITISH rower who got into difficulty while attempting a solo crossing of the Pacific has been rescued by a Gibraltar-registered ship.

Charlie Martell, 42, was 34 days into his record-breaking attempt to cross from Japan to America when he ran into 50ft waves during a tropical storm.

He was left with an anxious two-day wait for the arrival of the Gibraltar ship Last Tycoon, which had been alerted to his plight 700 miles from land by the Japanese coast guard.

A message on his website read: “Charlie is hugely grateful to the crew of the MV Last Tycoon for their assistance and professionalism in recovering him and his boat.”