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Man on trans-Pacific voyage in ocean rowboat rescued

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HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a Chinese man off Hawaii who was voyaging from California to Asia in an ocean rowboat.

The Coast Guard identified him as Ruihan Yu, a Chinese national who was rescued Tuesday about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of the island of Maui.

A Coast Guard news release says the 32-year-old Yu left California on June 9 and was headed for China and Taiwan when his 18-foot (5-meter) vessel developed communication failures and a damaged rudder.

Yu's friend notified the Coast Guard that Yu was in possible distress after receiving a text message from him on a two-way satellite communication device.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Tara Molle says Yu planned to continue to his final destination of Australia.

This story has been corrected with new information from the Coast Guard to show that the boater's first name is Ruihan, not Ruihn.

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