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British Rower Ends Trans-Pacific Bid

VOA News

14 Jun 2003, 08:50 UTC

A British man trying to row a boat across the Pacific, the world's largest ocean, is giving up the effort. 

Mick Dawson called Japanese authorities Saturday on a satellite telephone requesting help. 

The rudder aboard the rowboat broke in a storm, forcing the former British Royal Marine to abandon his trip. 

Japanese Coast Guard officials said Mr. Dawson is not injured mand has plenty of food and water. A patrol boat and search plane have been dispatched to locate the rower, who was said to be about 560 kilometers off the coast of Miyagi province in northern Japan. 

Heavy fog prevented the plane from locating him, but the patrol boat is due to reach him before dawn Sunday. 

Mr. Dawson set off from Japan's eastern coast for San Francisco only 12 days ago, hoping to row 10,000 kilomters across the Pacific Ocean to the U.S. city of San Francisco in six months. 

Mick Dawson successfully rowed across the Atlantic in 2001 with his brother. 

Some information for this report provided by AP.


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