US woman attempting to row across Pacific rescued

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TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. woman attempting to cross the Pacific by rowboat has ended her solo attempt because of expected bad weather.

Sonya Baumstein was rescued off the Japanese coast on Saturday after sending out a distress signal, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Baumstein departed from Choshi, Japan, one week ago, hoping to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific.

She was headed for San Francisco but sent out the signal on Saturday about 155 miles off the coast of Japan.

A freighter traveling nearby rescued her and passed her on to a coast guard ship, the Japanese coast guard said.

Baumstein was hoping to finish the 6,000-mile journey by late September.

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2 comments

  • Swoll

    So how much is her bill for using taxpayer services for a “rescue” . If you put yourself in harms way we should let them work it out on there own . Either you complete your idiotic goal or Darwin takes over and generations to come are smarter.

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