Honiton war hero completes epic voyage

Triple amputee Captain Jon White paddles non-stop in a canoe from Devizes to Westminster.

A Royal Marine from Honiton, who lost three limbs following an explosion in Afghanistan, has paddled 125 miles in 28 hours to complete an epic canoe journey.

Hero Captain Jon White, 28, of 40 Commando, was joined by Colour Sergeant Lee John Waters, 37, in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon, held over the Easter weekend, to raise money for SSAFA Forces Help and the Royal Marines Association.

Captain White was badly injured by an improvised explosive device in Sangin in June 2010.

The explosion resulted in the loss of both of his legs and his right arm at the elbow.

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His paddling partner was his troop sergeant on Operation Herrick 12. He was also injured while on tour - he was shot in the face, in the left hand and his left foot.

After completing the marathon, Captain White told the Midweek Herald: “The muscle fatigue in my shoulders was beyond belief, it was very though.”

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“We powered through and managed to finish it in good time, which was phenomenal.

“So far, we have raised �6,000 for the charities and the donations are still coming in.”

He added: “Our support team along the route were incredible, we couldn’t have done it without them so big thank you to them and our donors.”

Captain White and Colour Sergeant Waters were the only injured serviceman to participate in the event this year.

Captain White is the most severely injured serviceman to ever take part in the marathon, one of the toughest endurance events open to armatures, which is now in its 64th year.

The pair completed the course non-stop, continuing through the night as they encountered 77 portages - locks and weirs – along the route.

If you would like to sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/jon-Bex-DW-SSAFFA or www.justgiving.com/jon-Bex-DW

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