Coast Guard Airlift’s Trans-Pacific Rower

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a British woman Thursday night approximately 90 miles off the coast of Humboldt Bay.

While attempting to row across the Pacific Ocean from the San Francisco Bay, Roz Savage encountered rough seas Wednesday night, causing her custom-made rowboat to roll several times.

Savage contacted her friend on land via sattelite phone to advise on her current situation. Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay was notified of the situation early Thursday.

The Coast Guard requested that a merchant vessel that was in the area divert to Ms. Savage’s location to assist. A C-130 aircraft from Air Station Sacramento was launched as well.

After several hours of communication with the Coast Guard, Ms. Savage decided to leave her vessel. A HH-65 helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay was launched to airlift Ms. Savage back to land.

At this time Coast Guard medical personel are observing Ms. Savage’s condition.

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