Tuesday 17 October 2017

British adventurer stranded off the coast of Japan

Sarah Outen inside her rowing boat Gulliver at a marina in Yokosuka, surburban Tokyo before leaving for her adventure crossing the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Canada. Photo: Getty Images
Sarah Outen inside her rowing boat Gulliver at a marina in Yokosuka, surburban Tokyo before leaving for her adventure crossing the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Canada. Photo: Getty Images

Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo

SARAH Outen, the British adventurer stranded in a tropical storm off the coast of Japan, has described how visualising her friends and family are keeping up her spirits as she awaits being rescued.

Ms Outen, 26, currently on a round-the-world bicycle, kayak and rowing challenge, was left stranded around 560 miles off Sendai, northeast Japan, after her 22ft rowing boat was damaged during typhoon winds.



It also emerged today that a second British rower Charlie Martell on an unrelated expedition was similarly awaiting rescue in his boat Blossom, having suffered damage to his boat while passing through the same tropical storm Mawar.



Japan’s coastguard rescue teams are monitoring both rowers and are currently en route to rescue them, with Mr Martell believed to be located around 280 miles northeast of Ms Eaton.



Despite the challenging circumstances, Ms Outen, strapped inside the damaged boat, has managed to send out a few messages via Twitter from the cabin as she awaits the arrival of the rescue team, due at around 6,00pm (09.00GMT) today.



Shortly after 8am this morning, following a stormy night, she wrote: “FOCUSING ON CALM.TRYING2 BLOCK OUT WIND AND WAVES.VISUALISING FAMILY AND FRIENDS PULLING US IN.”



Having earlier described how she has “smile” written on one hand and “breathe” on the other, she added: “TRYING HARD2 SMILE AND BREATHE CALM.KEEP GETTING INTRUPTD BY WAVES THROWING US OVER.”



Her support team, who are working around the clock monitoring her situation to ensure her safety, also described how she has described what she would like to eat on her first meal back on dry land.



“Sarah is bearing up well and demonstrating the strength and resolve that has brought her the huge distance on the journey so far,” they wrote in a statement. ”The request for her first meal back on land in Japan is ’PANCAKES PLS. COLD OJ. GRAPES’.”



Jenny Ellery, a spokeswoman for her team, also told the Telegraph: “The storm is still going on so the conditions are still very tough out there. Sarah is in her cabin so we have no confirmation on the damage but the boat is self-righting each time she capsizes which suggests the boat is ok.”



Ms Outen is currently in the middle of a round-the-world expedition scheduled to last 850 days and involving 11 months alone at sea after setting off from London on April 1 last year.



She had already kayaked across Europe and cycled across Eurasia before she set off on the latest leg of her adventure from a port east of Tokyo on May 13 en route for Vancouver.



Mr Martell, a double Guinness World Record holder, left Japan on May 4 in a bid to is set a record for the fastest crossing of the North Pacific Ocean and the first unsupported row across the Pacific Ocean.

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