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Coast Guard rescues adventurer rowing across Pacific

Compiled from Mainichi and wire reports, Japan

June 15, 2003



Coastguards pick up Dawson some 640 kilometers east of Miyagi Prefecture.

An English adventurer, who was forced to abort his attempt to row across the Pacific without support because of trouble with the rudder, was rescued Sunday by a Japan Coast Guard (JCG) ship.

The JCG Zao found Mick Dawson's boat some 640 kilometers east of Kinkasan in Miyagi Prefecture in the predawn hours of Sunday. Dawson is reportedly safe and well.

The Englishman's boat, "Mrs. D," was lifted onboard the Zao, which is scheduled to return to Shiogama Port in the prefecture Monday morning.

Dawson, a former member of the British Royal Marines, left Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, on June 2 in his attempt to become the first Englishman to row alone, unaided across the north Pacific to San Francisco.

However, Dawson, of Boston, England, radioed authorities Saturday morning saying he had to abandon the journey because the rudder on his boat was badly damaged.


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