A cruise ship has rescued a Queenslander trying to turn out to be the youngest individual to row solo throughout the Pacific Ocean.
Tom Robinson, 24, spent 13 hours clinging to his 7m boat Maiwar after it capsized 100 nautical miles south of Vanuatu.
The Brisbane man was on the ultimate leg of his document bid after setting off from Peru in July final 12 months.
Nonetheless, he activated his misery beacon when his boat was broken in tough seas about 6pm AEDT on Thursday, which alerted the Australian Maritime Security Authority (AMSA).
His household was contacted by AMSA, which notified native authorities and a search plane from Noumea finally noticed Mr Robinson standing on the overturned boat at nighttime.
Cruise ship Pacific Explorer made a detour and picked up Mr Robinson who was discovered bare on the boat.
“Quickly after, and a few 13 hours since his EPIRB was activated, he rang his household at residence,” his help crew stated on Mr Robinson’s web site.
“He was being checked within the sick bay (on cruise ship) and sounded properly after a precarious evening.”
‘Our honest thanks’
The cruise ship is about to reach in Auckland within the coming days.
“Our honest thanks go to the Australian, New Caledonian and Vanuatuan authorities who all had essential roles to play in his rescue and to the captain and crew of Pacific Explorer who actually went out of their strategy to choose up Tom,” his help crew stated.
Mr Robinson had ready for months for the deliberate 8500 nautical mile journey from Peru to Queensland, designing and constructing the boat by hand.
He had stopped at islands alongside the epic path to re-supply and discover the cultures of the South Pacific earlier than his boat capsized on the ultimate leg.
“We didn’t know whether or not they had been going to seek out him in any respect,” his father Tim Robinson instructed Ten Information, “(However) it appears like he was in fairly good condition.
“He was sorry after all that he hadn’t accomplished his voyage to the Queensland coast.
“He’ll have one other crack at one thing – he’s an adventurer.
“I don’t know if he’ll have one other crack at this.”