- Here's an interesting tidbit on the newswires this afternoon. Since
this guy failed to cross the Pacific using only a yuloh, I suppose
the field is wide open for one of us to give it a try. (Bolger
content: try it with a Micro!)
>>Japan Coast Guard Rescues Transpacific Adventurer
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Coast Guard rescued a Japanese adventurer
trying to become the first person to cross the Pacific in a single-
oared rowboat after he sent distress signals, Kyodo news agency
Ikuo Tateo, 62, was plucked from the ocean late Tuesday by a Coast
Guard vessel that had been sent to find him about 870 miles southeast
of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Kyodo quoted officials as saying Tateo appeared to have hurt his
lower back, but could walk without assistance.
Tateo began sending distress signals Sunday evening, 17 days after he
left a port in northern Japan on his 23 foot boat. Its sole source of
power was a 16-foot oar.
He had planned to reach San Francisco, a journey of some 5,600 miles,
Earlier Tuesday the lone sailor was spotted by the pilot of a
Maritime Self-Defense Force plane sent to search for him.
Tateo became the oldest Japanese to sail solo nonstop around the
world in a yacht three years ago, Kyodo news agency said.
Before his departure, he was quoted by Kyodo as saying that while
people had crossed the Pacific in rowboats before, his would be the
first such attempt in a boat with a single oar in the stern.