Rescue vessel finds Sarah Outen safe and well

Sarah Outen has been rescued from the Pacific Ocean after her boat was damaged in a storm
Sarah Outen has been rescued from the Pacific Ocean after her boat was damaged in a storm

SARAH Outen has now been rescued by the Japanese coastguard after her boat was damaged in a tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean.

Former Stamford High School pupil Sarah, who lives in Oakham, had been under surveillance from a coastguard plane until the recovery boat could reach her.

A statement released by her team today 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 British Embassy in Toyko together with 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.”

Sarah, 27, departed from London in April last year to take on the challenge of travelling around the world by manpower alone - rowing, cycling and kayaking for two-and-a-half years.

The Pacific Ocean crossing is the most dangerous element of the challenge. Sarah launched from Choshi in Japan on May 13 and was about 500 miles east of her starting point when she was rescued after 25 days at sea.

Sarah had prepared herself for the worst in the build-up to the storm, which hit her on Wednesday.

Yesterday, after her boat Gulliver had rolled several times she called the coastguard, which flew out to assess her situation.

Gulliver was damaged and a decision was made to rescue her.

She had called the storm Rosie in a bid to combat her fear and had this week even overcome her phobia of deep water and taken a dip in the ocean.

In her online blog she said: “It took two attempts and eight full minutes of sitting on the side of the boat but eventually I got in.

“I loved it – naturally. I always do.”

Sarah set off on her round the world adventure on April 1 last year. She cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles from London to Choshi, Japan, taking in Europe and China.

In 2009 Sarah became the first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean and the youngest female to row across any ocean.