Coast Guard Airlifts Trans-Pacific Rower: Update

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a British woman 90 miles offshore Thursday night after her custom-made row boat rolled in heavy seas Wednesday night.

Roz Savage was attempting to row across the Pacific Ocean when she encountered the heavy seas Wednesday. She contacted her friend onshore via satellite phone to advise them of her condition.

Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay received a call from the friend at 8:30 a.m. Thursday alerting them of the situation.

A broadcast to mariners was issued by the Coast Guard at 8:50 a.m.

A merchant vessel that had been in the area responded to the broadcast, and diverted to Ms. Savage’s location to assist if needed.

A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Air Station Sacramento, which was already in the air for a training mission, diverted to the scene to verify the condition of Ms. Savage. The C-130 was on scene at 9:25 a.m., and confirmed that Ms. Savage was in no immediate danger.

The merchant vessel was on scene at 11:15 a.m. and passed a sea anchor to Ms. Savage to help stabilize her vessel.

Ms. Savage was initially reluctant to leave her vessel so the C-130 departed the area due to fuel constraints. The merchant vessel remained on scene to assist if necessary.

At 5:30 p.m. the Coast Guard was notified that Ms. Savage wanted to be taken off her vessel.

A HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay was launched at 5:45 p.m. to hoist Ms. Savage from her vessel. At 5:55 p.m. a different C-130 from Air Station Sacramento was launched to support.

The helicopter was on scene at 6:45 p.m., and hoisted Ms. Savage from her vessel.

The helicopter landed back at Air Station Humboldt Bay at 11:10 p.m. Thursday, where Ms. Savage remained under observation overnight.

For inquiries concerning Ms. Savage or her voyage, please contact Nicole Bilodeau at (415) 677-2708 (office) or (415) 377-9924 (cell).

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