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US Coast Guard rescues Chinese man in rowing boat as he attempted voyage across Pacific Ocean

Yu Ruihn left California in June and was headed for China and Taiwan when his 18-foot vessel developed communication failures and a damaged rudder

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 November, 2017, 11:02am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 November, 2017, 9:20pm

The US Coast Guard has rescued a Chinese man off Hawaii who was voyaging from California to Asia in an ocean rowing boat.

The Coast Guard identifies him as 32-year-old Yu Ruihn, a Chinese national who was rescued Tuesday about 50 kilometres off the island of Maui.

According to the Coast Guard, Yu left California in June and was headed for China and Taiwan when his 18-foot vessel developed communication failures and a damaged rudder.

Yu’s friend notified the Coast Guard that Yu was in possible distress after receiving a text message from Yu on a two-way satellite communication device.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Tara Molle said Yu planned to stay on Maui while a friend sends him parts for repairs.

He planned to continue from China to his final destination of Australia.

Last month, two Hawaii women who said they were lost at sea for months were rescued. Inconsistencies cast doubt on their harrowing tale.