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Mishap ends transpacific rowing attempt

Thu 26 August, 2004 00:59
 
 

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, California.

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 on Friday.

 

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