Solo British adventurer Sarah Outen is safe and headed to Japan after spending a few rough days stranded in the Pacific when her mission to circumnavigate the globe was derailed by a Pacific storm 11,000 miles into her journey.
According to the Telegraph, Outen’s boat capsized in typhoon winds 560 miles off the coast of Sendai, Japan, and sustained damage. She tweeted that she had written “SMILE” on one hand and “BREATHE” on the other to help calm her as she weathered the storm.
A message posted to Outen’s official website on Friday (June 8) shared the good news that the 26-year-old had been rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard and was en route to Japan.
“Thank you for all your messages of support and a huge thanks to the Coast Guards in Falmouth and Japan for such a swift response and for getting Sarah aboard the recovery vessel safe and sound in difficult sea conditions,” reads the statement.
She asked for pancakes, orange juice and grapes for her first meal back on dry land.
Outen set off on her journey in April 2011 and has since cycled, rowed and kayaked around the world. She hasn’t yet announced whether or not her journey will continue once her boat is repaired.