On Thursday, an operation was launched by the Japan Coast Guard to rescue a British rower who was attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean solo. Sarah Outen was stuck in stormy weather, and while she took shelter inside her boat, the Gulliver, she was unable to come out. A coastguard plane approached her vessel in rough waters around 900 kilometers (560 miles) off the coast of Sendai, in northeastern Japan, and speaking with the crew, she stated that she was safe.
26 year old Outen departed on May13th from a port east of Tokyo, and was to sail across the Pacific to Vancouver. At 10:42 AM (Japan time) on Thursday, June 7th, she sent a distress signal for help. Two helicopters and two planes has already been keeping her rowboat under surveillance. The Japan Coast Guard patrol ship that has been dispatched is expected to reach Outen at around 6 PM on Friday, June 8th. An additional statement had been added to the rower’s website, www.sarahouten.com, that she is unharmed.
A statement from the coastguard says that while Outen is safe, her boat has rolled several times while caught in the tropical storm named Mawar. It is still unknown how much damage has been done to her boat. In 2009, Outen became the first woman to row across the Indian Ocean. Taking part in a 30-month journey around the world, titled London2London: Via the World, she left Britain on April 1st of 2011. She began by kayaking to Europe, riding a bicycle across Eurasia, and then using a kayak again to get to Japan. Once she reached Vancouver, she intended to cycle across North America.
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