ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A
British man's attempt to become the first person to row across the
North Pacific Ocean has ended after his boat capsized, the U.S.
Coast Guard said.
Mick Dawson, a 39 year-old former
marine from Lincolnshire was rescued by a German cargo ship that
happened to be heading toward his intended destination,
The expedition, which started in
Choshi, Japan, on May 6 and was Dawson's second attempt to row
from Japan to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, ended on Sunday
about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southwest of Alaska's Kodiak Island.
His 23-foot ocean-rowing vessel,
Mrs D's Viking Spirit, had overturned, said Coast Guard Petty
Officer Gail Sinner on Wednesday.
"He doesn't know what caused it to
capsize," Sinner said.
The Coast Guard launched a
helicopter from Kodiak and coordinated a pickup of the uninjured
Dawson by the passing cargo vessel.
Although Dawson was in open waters
of what he referred to in his web page as "the toughest part of
the toughest ocean on the planet," he was careful enough to equip
his boat with rescue communications, Sinner said.
He had tried the same route last
year, but that ended when his boat, the Mrs D, developed rudder
problems. Dawson was expected to arrive in Long Beach, California