Rutland adventurer awaiting rescue

Rutlands' adventurer Sarah Outen
Rutlands' adventurer Sarah Outen Photo: PA

A rescue operation has been launched for Rutland adventurer Sarah Outen who got into trouble during her attempt to row across the Pacific.

The crew of a coastguard have confirmed Sarah as being safe as she has sheltered herself inside the vessel but could not come out due to heavy weather.

The 26-year-old has been confirmed as safe in a conversation with the crew of a coastguard plane that approached the rowboat in rough seas about 900 Kilometres off the coast of Sendai, northeast of Tokyo.

Outen is on a 30 month expedition called London2London: Via the World, which saw her kayak to Europe, cycle across Eurasia then step back into her kayak to Japan.

Sarah set out from east of Tokyo on a 22-foot boat on May 13th bound for Vancouver, but had to send a distress signal at 10.42am today.

A coastguard patrol is expected to reach Sarah by Friday morning, until then two helicopters and two planes are keeping the rowboat under surveillance.

Outen, left Britain on April 1 last year on a 30-month expedition under the title London2London: Via the World, which saw her kayak to Europe, cycle across Eurasia then get back in her kayak to Japan.

The global circumnavigation was intended to be continued with a bike ride across North America.