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Briton tries to row across sea

Wed., April 13, 2011

SYDNEY – A British woman who survived fierce storms and a near-drowning on her journeys across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans set off from Australia today for a rowing adventure across the Indian Ocean with a new worry on her mind: pirates.

Roz Savage rowed out of the port city of Fremantle, in Western Australia, to begin a four-month trip in her 23-foot purple rowboat, Sedna. If she completes the 4,000-mile trip, Savage will be the first woman to row across three oceans, according to the Ocean Rowing Society.

Despite her years of experience at sea, the 43-year-old environmentalist acknowledged that this trip has her on edge. She axed her original plan to row to Mumbai, India, which would have taken her through a pirate-riddled region off the Somali coast, and is now keeping her exact route and final destination a secret for security reasons.

“It’s something that I think about in the wee hours of the night,” Savage told the Associated Press. “I’ve done everything I can to reduce the risk, so now I try and just tell myself that yeah, there’s nothing more I can do.”


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