A TEAM of four former Royal Marine Commandos are set to row a boat across the North Atlantic Ocean - the same treacherous route taken by the doomed Titanic.

The challenge, Oceans Revival 2020, will see Dom Rogers from Rawtenstall and Matt Mason from Clayton-le-Moors row the 3,700 miles from New York to London on a route that’s never been completed before.

Along with Reece Clayton from Rochdale and Joel Mcglynn from Middlesbrough, the four ex-servicemen, who fought alongside each other in Afghanistan, are taking on the challenge to raise money for Plastic Oceans and the Royal Marines charities.

Mr Rogers said: “We’re planning to do the row in just 60 days.

“We’ll be doing it alone with no back-up support but will have our own GPS tracking systems and will carry enough food to last us 60 days.”

The team will have to battle relentless rowing routines, sleep deprivation, seasickness and the constant war against being wet and cold, while tackling the notoriously cold winds and rolling swells of the North Atlantic.

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Mr Rogers, 29, said: “If the weather turns, we’ll have to call May Day and hope someone comes to our rescue.

“It’s going to be dangerous and hard but we’ve got the backing of the Royal Marines and we can’t wait for the challenge.”

The main aim of the row is to raise awareness of the issue of plastic in the oceans and the dramatic effect it is having on marine life and ecosystems.

As well as raising awareness, the four friends have set themselves a personal challenge of completing the row in a record time, and aim to become the fastest conventional rowing boat ever to row the North Atlantic.

The team need to raise around £60,000 before they set off from New York in June 2020, and with celebrities such as Bear Grylls backing them, the former commandos are looking set to gain a lot of attention.

In backing the boys, the celebrity adventurer said: “This is an epic challenge and for an incredible cause - these commandos are truly inspirational.”

Mr Rogers said: “We’d love people to get involved and support us, and if there’s any companies who want to help us out too, that would be great.”