Roz Savage described details of her rescue yesterday in McKinleyville, Calif. Savage used a satellite phone to contact a friend after her boat rolled over several times Wednesday, and she was rescued Thursday by U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Chuck Wolfe, center, who pulled her out of the ocean and onto an HH-65 helicopter flown by Kevin Winters, left.
Coast Guard saves oceanic rower
She tried to be the first woman to circle the world with oars
HUMBOLDT, Calif. » A British environmentalist attempting to be the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean alone was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard just 90 miles off the California coast after rough seas overturned her boat.
She had planned to row for two to three months to Hawaii before continuing to Australia.
Roz Savage used a satellite phone to contact a friend after her boat rolled over several times Wednesday. Coast Guard members in Humboldt Bay then sent a ship and an airplane to find her, and a helicopter brought her to land Thursday night.
"The weather was just really, really nasty," said her spokeswoman, Nicole Bilodeau. "She encountered really high seas, really high winds, dreadful weather, and everything on board was wet."
Her vessel was a souped-up 24-foot long rowboat named the Brocade after her corporate sponsor, San Jose, Calif.-based Brocade Communications Systems Inc. She said the goal of her journey was to raise awareness about marine conservation efforts.
Savage hit her head once when her boat rolled over, and there was a little bleeding and pain but nothing serious, Bilodeau said. Savage has since undergone medical tests, and seemed to be in good shape, Bilodeau said.
"She's in good spirit and upbeat," she said. "Of course, she was disappointed and sad to cut her journey short just now, but she was upbeat considering the circumstances."
Savage, who crossed the Atlantic in 103 days, had planned to cross the Pacific in stages. She left Crescent City, Calif., on Aug. 12 and planned to cover the 2,300 miles to Hawaii over two to three months. She planned to cover the 6,700 miles to Australia by 2009.