• Kyodo


A British man who failed in his attempt to row solo from Japan to the United States arrived Monday at Shiogama port in Miyagi Prefecture.

Mick Dawson, 39, a native of Boston, England, expressed regret that damage to one single rudder bolt, which was not even worth $10, dashed his hopes for a North Pacific crossing, a project that cost more than $100,000.

A tired-looking Dawson arrived at around 8:30 a.m.

He was rescued by the Japan Coast Guard on Sunday morning, after he made a distress call via satellite phone from about 660 km off Miyagi on Saturday morning because of the broken rudder.

Dawson, a former Royal Marine, left for San Francisco from Chiba Prefecture’s Choshi port on June 2 in a 7-meter-long rowboat, the Mrs. D.

On the prospects of another attempt at his Pacific row, Dawson said it will probably be sometime next April or later, and that for now, he would like to return to Britain as soon as possible.

Dawson rowed across the Atlantic Ocean with his brother in 2001 in the same boat, according to a Web site covering his adventures.

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