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China-bound rower saved off Hawaii

China | Nov 10, 2017
The US Coast Guard rescued a Chinese man - voyaging from California to Asia in an ocean rowboat - off Hawaii.

The Coast Guard identified him as Yu Ruihn, a Chinese national who was rescued about 56 kilometers northeast of the island of Maui.

Yu, 32, left California on June 9 and was headed for China and Taiwan when his 51/2-meter vessel developed communication failures and a damaged rudder, the Coast Guard said.

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

A friend will send him parts for repairs.

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