Saturday 10 December 2016

BBC Breakfast accidentally broadcasts naked rower in report on record-breaking rowing team

Published 08/03/2016 | 08:00

Team Yorkshire Rows handout file photo of (left to right) Janette Benaddi, Niki Doeg, Helen Butters and Frances Davies, who ended up revealing more than expected when they joined BBC Breakfast to talk about their record-breaking trip across the Atlantic.
Team Yorkshire Rows handout file photo of (left to right) Janette Benaddi, Niki Doeg, Helen Butters and Frances Davies, who ended up revealing more than expected when they joined BBC Breakfast to talk about their record-breaking trip across the Atlantic.

BBC Breakfast viewers were treated to a little more skin than they expected to see on Monday morning.

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In a report on an all-female rowing team which had just broken a record for crossing the Atlantic one of the rowers was seen baring quite a bit of skin.

The Yorkshire Rows team were shown at sea together and Helen Butters (45) was naked from the waist down.

The team, including Ms Butters, Niki Doeg, Janette Bennadi, and Frances Davis set a Guinness World Record on February 25 for being the oldest all-female crew to cross an ocean.

Undated handout photo issued by Welcome to Yorkshire of (left to right) Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies, during a photocall in Leeds upon their return home, after they became record breakers when they rowed across the Atlantic
Undated handout photo issued by Welcome to Yorkshire of (left to right) Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies, during a photocall in Leeds upon their return home, after they became record breakers when they rowed across the Atlantic

During their 67 days at sea, the team encountered a hurricane, power failures, attacks from flying fish, seasickness and injuries.

They also raised money to build a Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in Leeds and money towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

They revealed that due to the hot weather they often rowed naked.

"We were ocean rowers being naked, we were naked most of the time and that's just how it is basically," said Ms Butters.

"That's just how it is for all the teams - we're not unusual."

Benaddi, from Burn, North Yorkshire, said: "We've rowed an ocean, what is it if something's shown on TV? It's not a big deal, is it?"

Laughing, Benaddi then hugged Butters and added: "Because it wasn't me, it was you. Helen's cool with it."

Speaking to The Independent, a BBC spokesman said they had edited the clip so it was not broadcast in the later programme.

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