Indian Ocean rower forced to return to Australia

AP News
Posted: Apr 27, 2011 3:09 AM
Indian Ocean rower forced to return to Australia

A British woman who is attempting to cross the Indian Ocean in a rowboat has been forced to return to the Australian shore after an equipment malfunction.

Roz Savage says a crayfish boat towed her back to the Western Australia coast Tuesday after she discovered her water desalination machine was broken. The machine is used to make ocean water drinkable.

Savage left Fremantle, Western Australia, two weeks ago for the 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) trip across the ocean. She has already crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in her 23-foot (7-meter) rowboat. If she completes the Indian Ocean trip, she will become the first woman to row across three oceans.

Savage said on her website that she hopes to restart her rowing adventure sometime in the next week.