A British family who attempted to sail a home-made catamaran from Japan to Britain returned to Japan today (Saturday) aboard a Japanese fishing boat.
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Background: A British family who attempted to sail a home-made catamaran from Japan to Britain returned to Japan today (Saturday) aboard a Japanese fishing boat.
The number seven Seishu Maru rescued the family of four and an American friend from the twin-hulled boat nearly four-hundred miles south of Tokyo last Thursday.
The catamaran "Moleg" was caught in high seas that swept away nearly everything aboard the vessel. The fishing vessel rescued all on board but failed to get a tow line on the catamaran which later sank.
Mr. Richard Mackenzie, aged 27, his wife Rita and their children aged five year and two months, and the American, Mr Daniel MacKnight, were all in good condition when the fishing boat reached Shimizu port early this morning.
Mr Mackenzie told newsmen the high waves caused by a typhoon swept away the masts and rigging and two of the vessel's outboard motors, leaving them to drift helplessly, with water coming on board.
The family left Yokohama near Tokyo on October 25th to sail home to Britain despite repeated warnings from Japanese authorities to stop what they called a "suicidal voyage".
The catamaran had to make two emergency calls at islands south of Tokyo because of broken rigging in bad weather and a radio fault.
Mr MacKenzie said he did not know yet what his future plans were but probably they would now fly home to britain.