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September 24, 2013 at 7:07 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old British adventurer became the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean Monday, arriving in Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians after 150 days and 3,750 miles at sea.
Sarah Outen celebrated with a bottle of champagne and greeted community members and supporters, her first human contact in nearly five months, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
She left Japan on April 27. It is 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. Her support team decided it was safer to tow her into Adak’s small boat harbor.
“I’m so pleased and relieved to tell you that Sarah is putting her feet up in her cabin,” Mel Johnson, a spokeswoman for the expedition, said on Outen’s blog.
On the North Pacific row she battled dangerous seas, isolation, cargo ships, sickness and currents that often tossed her boat in the wrong direction, the newspaper reported.
In recent days she was nearly hit by a cargo ship after her radar failed. Outen also tweeted about whiteout fog and exhaustion-induced hallucinations in the final, treacherous miles to Adak.
Johnson wrote that Outen plans to return to the point she was towed in to shore in the spring of 2014 to continue her expedition by kayak.
Outen’s first attempt ended in 2012 when she and another ocean rower had to be rescued near Japan after their boats were badly damaged in a tropical storm. She was shaken and boat-less when she returned to England.
Before that, Outen became the youngest person and the first woman to row alone across the Indian Ocean in 2009.
Outen returned to Japan in April after raising money for a new boat and training all winter.
After leaving Chosie, Japan, she has been followed by a school of tuna and became engaged by satellite phone to her longtime girlfriend in the United Kingdom.
January 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM
The Associated Press
The dock that washed ashore on a remote Washington beach last month has been confirmed as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.
The state Marine Debris Task Force says it was identified by the Japanese government through photos that showed a fender serial number. The dock came from the Aomori Prefecture and is similar to the dock that washed ashore last summer at Newport, Ore., also from the tsunami.
The Coast Guard spotted the dock Dec. 18 on a beach near Forks. It’s within a wilderness portion of Olympic National Park and also within the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and will be removed.
A crew already has scraped off 400 pounds of marine plants and animals in an attempt to prevent any invasive species from taking hold.
June 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM
The barnacle-covered boat that washed up on a southwest Washington beach Friday has been traced to its owner in Japan, who says he lost it during the March 2011 tsunami, according to a staffer with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.
U.S. officials provided the Japanese government with what appeared to be a registration number on the boat. The owner, who lives on the northern part of the island of Honshu, which was hard-hit by the tsunami, confirmed to Japanese officials that the boat was his, according to Travis Doty, a staffer with the Consulate General in Japan.
Doty did not have information about the owner’s occupation, or how the boat was used.
The boat, estimated to be about 20 feet in length, was found beached at Cape Disappointment State Park.
The boat was cleaned of barnacles and other sea life by a team of state officials who filled some 20 trash bags with it. No invasive species were found, according to Curt Hart, a spokesman for the state Department of Ecology.
Along with the boat, state officials found a battery, marine radio and several life jackets that made the long sea journey from Japan.
June 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM
By GENE JOHNSON
The Associated Press
Kayakers surveying Washington state’s most remote beaches for debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami say they believe they have found part of a house, along with parts of a washing machine, laundry hamper and child’s toilet bowl.
Three kayakers with the Ikkatsu Project wrote in a report this week that they found the remnants on June 12 as they worked their way up a beach near the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, about 120 miles west of Seattle.
They also found a lumber pile mixed in with driftwood and seaweed. The lumber’s dimensions were metric, and some of it was stamped with a serial number they traced to a mill in Osaka — the Diawa Pallet Housou Co., the kayakers wrote.
Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who is on the expedition’s advisory board, said it’s too soon to say whether the debris was from a Japanese home.
“It’s like an archaeological dig,” he said Tuesday. “It’s a bunch of things that could be construed as a house.”
If so, it might be the first case of a Japanese home floating 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
A 66-foot dock ripped loose by the big waves landed on an Oregon beach this month, and Washington officials believe a 20-foot boat that washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park in Pacific County came from Japan.
The arrival of debris from the tsunami has worried officials on the West Coast. They say it will be expensive to clean and could carry invasive species — a serious threat to the fishing industry. On Monday, Gov. Chris Gregoire called for federal help dealing with the debris.
Kayakers Ken Campbell, Steve Weileman and Jason Goldstein are not scientists, but they described the debris as “almost certainly a portion of a house that was taken out to sea by the Japanese tsunami.”
They said they didn’t have the resources to search through the entire debris pile.
The Ikkatsu team is working to document the amount of tsunami debris that’s already landed to use as a baseline for measuring how much arrives this fall and winter, when the debris is expected to arrive in greater concentrations, Ebbesmeyer said.
May 15, 2012 at 6:45 AM
Weather: Well, it did hit 80 degrees yesterday, and we liked it very much. And we’re so lucky the heat doesn’t come with humidity. It’s going to be perfect weather today with the temperature in the mid-70s. That’s just right for our area, no? Enjoy now because it’s going to get a good deal cooler tomorrow. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Stuff from the earthquake/tsunami in Japan more than a year ago appears to be washing up onshore in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, according to The Peninsula Daily News. Large fishing floats with Asian writing are showing up.
Buskers rattling windows? Downtown street buskers in Spokane must keep their music down, i.e., below the level that could rattle windows, under a resolution just passed by the Spokane City Council. It appears a harmonica player is rattling some downtown business owners. Whoa, that’s some loud harmonic playing …
One thing most of us can agree on and complain about is the high cost of gasoline, and are we seeing skyrocketing prices in our state. See our story and the reasons why. (We’ve always been puzzled by the fact that we have refineries here yet more often than not gas cost more than the national average. Go figure.)
A fire in a Bellevue home did a lot of damage ($100,000), but everyone got out safely because the 18-year-old son discovered the fire, even before the smoke detectors went off, and helped his mom and two brothers get out of the house.
Seattle came in at just 13 in amazon.com’s annual survey of the top 20 most well-read cities. Thirteeth? Cities were ranked on all book, magazine and newspaper sales in print and Kindle format since last June on a per capita basis of cities with more than 100,000 people. Ranking No. 1 was Alexandria, Va. No. 20: Richmond, Va.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
May 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
A Tokyo man is making a solo journey from Kennewick to Japan in a 20-foot sea kayak, the Tri-City Herald reports.
The man, 42-year-old Ryota Yamada, had to take shelter in Oregon a month into his trip down the Columbia River because of big, wind-whipped waves. He expects the journey to take him four summers.
He is hoping to complete the first leg of a 10,000-mile adventure across the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea before foul weather arrives later this year.
After two years preparation, Yamada hopes to prove that ancestors of Ainu or Jomon people from Japan could have paddled to North America thousands of years ago. “I believe (they) came like the Kennewick Man,” Yamada told the Herald.
March 28, 2012 at 7:36 AM
Weather: This is getting a bit old… Showers and rain with occasional breaks today through Sunday. Like we said, what gives? Temperatures will be in the upper 40s and low 50s.
Hey, hey, the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics in their season opener played in Japan today. A 3-1 win in extra innings. The Ms now have the best record this in Major League Baseball. Well, that’s only because this was the only game played so far this season. Was that snarky?
This is spring? A winter storm watch has been issued through tomorrow for the Olympics and Cascades where 1-2 feet of snow could fall, according to the National Weather Service.
The man convicted of stabbing and beating a 28-year-old woman as she begged for her life is scheduled to be sentenced this morning in King County Superior Court. Daniel Threadgill, a club promoter, attacked Jennifer Walstran in August 2010 at the behest of a woman he was working with. Threadgill faces up to 30 years behind bars.
The Boeing worker who lost both legs below the knee in an accident on the job last month is expect to be released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle today. Josh Divers is expected to talk about his injuries and rehabilitation.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
March 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM
The Victoria Times Colonist
A Japanese fishing boat has been spotted in the ocean west of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the first large piece of a massive debris field resulting from a tsunami in Japan a year ago.
The abandoned squid boat was spotted earlier this week by an aircraft contracted by the Canadian government to patrol the coast.
“We don’t know the name of the boat but we used its registration number to trace it back to [Japan],” said Jeff Olsson, marine controller at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria.
“We don’t know much about it — it’s going to be quite a while before it makes landfall,” said Olsson, adding that it’s more than 100 nautical miles off the coast.
The vessel is white with a small cabin amidships and has streaks of rust down its sides, said Olsson.
This is one of several Japanese ships being tracked by authorities, Olsson said.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, generating a large tsunami with waves of heights of up to 130 feet. The sea flooded about six miles inland. Homes, ships, vehicles and most everything else in its path were carried out to sea.
The Japanese government is working with counterparts in North America to come up with a plan under which traceable items washed ashore can be returned to their owners in Japan.
March 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM
Morning Memo/Sunday: Tsunami one year later … Child of Marysville officer fatally wounded … Kent arena loses $1M
Weather: Rain later this afternoon and tonight, turning windy for Monday. Highs in the 40s. The National Weather Service forecast.
The one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan is being commemorated around the world today and in the Seattle area. The largest local gathering is at Seattle Center, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show wraps up today at CenturyLink Field.
A child of Marysville police officer was wounded when a sibling fired a gun inside their parents’ van. We’re working to get more details today. 10:40 p.m UPDATE: The 7-year-old girl died this morning.
What happened to nursing jobs being recession proof? Read our story today about how hiring has been curtailed as older nurses work longer, fewer nurses quit, and hospitals squeeze their budgets to get more work done with lower-paid medical assistants.
A story today tells how the region’s newest arena, Kent’s ShoWare Center, has lost more than $1 million in its first three years.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- New reality for nurses: Not easy to find a job
- On NW coast, potential for tsunami waves up to 100 feet now seems possible
- Which struggling NBA teams could be next on Seattle’s target list?
- Kent losing money but not hope in 3-year-old arena
- Hard-to-peg Huskies sitting on the bubble for NCAA invitation
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