Cargo Ship Rescues Australian Sailor in Middle of Pacific Ocean

Posted: May 15, 2013  |  By: Kristen Shorten [News.com.au]

AN exhausted Australian sailor has been rescued in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

A cargo ship picked up Juan Dario Zea Restrepo about 425 nautical miles off Christmas Island in the Republic of Kiribati on Monday night (US time).

He is now aboard Singaporean container vessel, Kota Wangi, which is making its way towards Melbourne.

The 58-year-old mariner was sailing from California to Christmas Island, in the Republic of Kiribati, when his vessel's autopilot reportedly failed.

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