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British female adventurer Sarah Outen sits in the narrow cabin of her rowing boat "Gulliver" in a suburb of Tokyo, April 11, 2012, before heading across the Pacific to Canada.
Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET: A 27-year-old woman trying to row solo across the Pacific Ocean was “holding on” hoping for rescue after her 23-foot boat was hit by a tropical storm.
The storm, named Mawar, rolled Sarah Outen’s boat Gulliver several times, damaging the vessel, according to her blog. A Japanese Coast Guard plane was staying overhead “to keep an eye on Sarah” while a Coast Guard boat went to pick her up. It was expected to arrive Friday.
As the storm hit Wednesday, Outen, from Rutland, England, said on her Twitter account that she had “written ‘SMILE’ on one hand and ‘BREATHE’ on the other. Both will help when I am scared in the storm.”
At about 9:50 a.m. ET Thursday, she wrote her cabin was soaked and she was now “wrapped in Union Jack [British flag] in place of soggy” sleeping bag and “holding on.”
On her blog, London 2 London via the World, her support team wrote they had spoken to her and she was “safe and doing well.”
Outen’s Pacific row was just one leg of a planned round-the-world journey by bicycle, rowing boat, and kayak that started on April 1 last year.
Fellow British Rower Charlie Martell was also awaiting rescue in his boat Blossom, the London 2 London website said in an update Thursday. Martell is approximately 280 miles northeast of Outen. The Japanese Coast Guard was keeping an eye on him, too.
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