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British adventurer rescued in round-the-world mission

After spending nearly a day being buffeted by 10 metre waves and gale force winds, British adventurer Sarah Outen has been rescued from her rowing boat in the North Pacific.

As the local Japanese coastguard approached, she expressed her relief on Twitter.

For the time being, it has stopped her 2-and-a-half year journey to single-handedly go around the world.

The view out of the hatch of Sarah's cabin Credit: Sarah Outen/flickr

Sarah's 'London2London Via The World' expedition began in April last year and was due to last two-and-a-half years. Writing in her blog today her team said:

Sarah is now safe aboard the recovery vessel sent by the Japanese Coastguard. Sarah is now making her way to back to Japan.

Thank you for all your messages of support and a huge thanks to the Coastguards in Falmouth and Japan for such a swift response and for getting Sarah aboard the recovery vessel safe and sound in difficult sea conditions.

We are awaiting final confirmation of details of Sarah’s arrival in Japan and will let you know more once we have further information.

– London2London team

The London2London team stayed in touch with Sarah throughout her voyage which ground to a halt half way round the world.

A map of the route Sarah has taken so far Credit: Sarah Outen/flickr

Messages of support have been posted on Sarah's website:

This brave and inspiring adventure is not diminished by this event,we could all do with a portion of sarahs pluck and energy in our lives.


You are way braver than me, Sarah. I’m glad you are OK.

– Alastair Humphreys

Amazing woman! Yes to those brave people who expand all our horizons. You are one of those Sarah.

– Steve
Sarah crawling out of the cabin on her boat 'Gulliver' Credit: Sarah Outen/flickr