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Woman attempting solo row reaches Alaska

September 24, 2013

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A British adventurer has become the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://is.gd/ve9FD7) 28-year-old Sarah Outen arrived at Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians Monday after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea.

She left Japan on April 27 and has been at sea for more than four months. It’s part of her plan for a global trek by an ocean rowing shell, kayak and bike.

On Monday afternoon Outen came within a half mile of land before winds and current started pushing her onto the rocks. She was towed into Adak’s small boat harbor, where community members greeted her. She celebrated with a bottle of champagne.

Mel Johnson, a spokeswoman for the expedition, said on Outen’s blog that she plans to return to the point she was towed in to shore in spring of 2014 to continue her expedition by kayak.

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