• American solo rower rescued in Pacific


    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 Sunday. American Sonya Baumstein, 30, had left Japan’s Choshi port, east of Tokyo, on June 7 in an attempt to row across the Pacific non-stop to San Francisco. But at around 2:20 pm (0520 GMT) Saturday she sent a distress signal to a freighter traveling nearby because of expected bad weather.  She was located at about 250 kilometers (155 miles) 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 8:55 pm. She suffered no injuries,” the official said.



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