• Kyodo


A U.S. woman was rescued off the northeastern Japanese coast Saturday after she sent a distress signal during a solo attempt to row across the Pacific, the Japan Coast Guard said.

Sonya Baumstein, 30, had left the Chiba Prefecture port of Choshi on June 7.

She sent the signal due to expected bad weather at around 2:20 p.m. Saturday about 250 kilometers off Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, according to the coast guard.

Her website says she planned to head for San Francisco without stopping at a port.

A freighter traveling nearby rescued her at around 5 p.m. Saturday and passed her on to a coast guard ship around 8:55 p.m., the coast guard said.