Solo Round-The-World Explorer Stranded In Pacific

By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

(CNN) -- A British woman on a solo round-the-world trip has been hit by a tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean and is being picked up by the Japanese Coast Guard, her team said Thursday.

Sarah Outen reported being "safe and well" but that her boat, Gulliver, had rolled several times and is damaged, the London2London team wrote on its website.

"Following an emergency call from Sarah, the Japanese Coast Guard sent a plane to assess the situation and is now sending a boat to pick Sarah up on Friday pm JST, 8th June, 2012. A Coast Guard plane is staying overhead to keep an eye on Sarah," the team wrote.

"Some water has entered her cabin but this is minimal," they wrote. "Sarah is bearing up well and demonstrating the strength and resolve that has brought her the huge distance on the journey so far. The request for her first meal back on land in Japan is 'PANCAKES PLS. COLD OJ. GRAPES.'"

Coincidentally, a second solo British rower is about 280 miles northeast of Outen's position and is also awaiting rescue, Outen's team said.

Charlie Martell departed Japan last month on a quest to row 6,000 miles across the Pacific, his website says.

Outen has managed to send updates on Twitter while waiting for rescue, writing, "Trying hard2 smile and breathe calm keep getting interuptd by waves throwing us over." (sic)

"Focusing on calm trying2 block out wind and waves. Visualizing family and friends pulling us in."

Outen began her solo circumnavigation April 1, 2011, in London with plans to cycle, row and kayak more than 20,000 miles. She hopes to finish in London in autumn 2013.

She is halfway to her goal. Her team says she has already cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles, going through countries including Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and China.

Outen is traveling alone, assisted by a London-based team that includes doctors, a weather forecaster and a sports psychotherapist.

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