Jane Stevens in Monterey Bay. Roz Savage was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter at 8:30 p.m. last night and is back on land, in California. The high seas -- 13- to 15-foot waves -- and 40-knot winds had battered her for more than 48 hours. As Rita Savage, her mother, wrote in yesterday's blog on Roz's site, "Following the two capsizes already mentioned on yesterday's blog, she put out Sid the sea-anchor to keep the boat with bows facing the waves so that she would not roll again. During the night it did happen again. Venturing out onto the deck to find out what Sid was doing, she found only 6 feet of rope attached to nothing. Sid had gone."
Without a sea anchor, it's nearly impossible to keep the boat pointed into the waves. With waves hitting the boat broadside, she would have continued to capsize. Although the boat is self-righting, vital equipment can be damaged. Cold and wet, Roz faced another 60 hours of very difficult conditions, according to her weatherman. She risked hypothermia and extreme seasickness.
According to her friend, Brooke Glidden, Roz called for assistance last night. The US Coast Guard responded immediately and airlifted her from her boat at 8:30 pm. She arrived at the Coast Guard station at approximately 10:00 p.m. and will undergo a medical evaluation, as part of standard operating procedures.
We at TOPP share her disappointment. However, we're glad that she's survived to try this challenge again another day.
Meanwhile, her rowboat remains adrift in the Pacific Ocean. Roz will figure out a way to retrieve it later.