Derbyshire firm consoles Sir Ranulph Fiennes after he is forced to withdraw from Antarctica trek
A DERBYSHIRE engineering firm has sent a message of commiseration to Sir Ranulph Fiennes after he was forced to pull out of a challenge to cross Antarctica.
Matlock firm William Twigg made 14 steel sledges, known as ‘skoots’, to carry vital supplies for the veteran explorer’s bid to become the first man to cross the polar ice cap in winter.
But the 68-year-old has been forced to pull out of the challenge, which he was due to embark on next month, due to a severely frostbitten hand sustained while training for the attempt.
Despite Sir Ranulph’s decision not to take part, the expedition will still go ahead, starting on March 21. The 2,000-mile crossing will take around six months to complete.
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Twigg director Richard Tarbatt said: “We fully understand Sir Ranulph’s great disappointment at having to pull out.
“It must have been a bitter blow for him but we share the expedition’s confidence that it still stands every chance of success.”