American solo rower rescued in Pacific

2015-06-14 09:06
Sonya Baumstein. (File, AP)

Sonya Baumstein. (File, AP)

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Tokyo - A female adventurer was rescued off the Japanese Pacific coast a week into her solo attempt to row across the Pacific, the Japan Coast Guard said on Sunday.

American Sonya Baumstein, aged 30, had left Japan's Choshi port, east of Tokyo, on 7 June in an attempt to row across the Pacific non-stop to San Francisco.

But at around 14:20 on Saturday she sent a distress signal to a freighter travelling nearby because of expected bad weather.

She was located at about 250 km off Iwaki, a city on Japan's Pacific coast, a local coast guard official told AFP.

"She was rescued by a patrol ship of the coast guard at about 20:55. She suffered no injuries," the official said.

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