Rescue workers retrieve a boat which British Mick Dawson used in his attempt to row across the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Miyagi prefecture early Sunday, June 15, 2003.
Dawson, who set off from Japan's eastern coast for San Francisco on June 2, sought rescue after his rudder broke. (AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard, HO)
A British man attempting to row a boat across the Pacific Ocean sought rescue from Japan's Coast Guard Saturday after his rudder broke and he was forced to abandon his trip.
Mick Dawson called Japanese authorities with a satellite telephone at 4:58 a.m., said a Coast Guard official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat and a search plane to locate Dawson, who was about 350 miles off the coast of Miyagi province in northern Japan.
Heavy fog prevented the plane from spotting Dawson, but the patrol boat was due to reach him before dawn Sunday, the official said.
Dawson, who had set off from Japan's eastern coast for San Francisco on June 2, has plenty of food and water and is not injured, he added.
A former British Royal Marine, Dawson successfully rowed across the Atlantic in 2001 with his brother, according to a Web site about his crossing attempt.
"I've spoken to Mick last night and this morning and he's absolutely fine," said his brother, Stephen Dawson, in Lincolnshire, eastern England.
"He was very despondent and disappointed, obviously, but he is a good yachtsman and knows safety is the most important thing."