A British woman rowing solo across the Pacific has managed to rendezvous mid-ocean with a raft made from plastic bottles, in an encounter which may have saved her life.
Paschal, Savage and Eriksen after a slap up meal of mahi mahi
The two vessels approached each other like "garden snails about to mate", according to experienced rower Roz Savage who described how she had to turn around and "row hard" towards the Junk raft in order to meet.
Aboard the home-built raft were Dr Marcus Eriksen, of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, and film-maker Joel Paschal.
The pair are sailing from Los Angeles to Hawaii in order to raise awareness of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" - the huge soup of plastic marine debris which is suspended in the waters of the North Pacific.
Their craft is made from a Cessna 310 aircraft fuselage seated on 15,000 plastic bottles contained in old fishing nets.
Even the sail is recycled and the communications equipment runs off solar panels and wind power.
Meanwhile Ms Savage, from London, is rowing her boat, the Brocade, the 7,270 miles from San Francisco to Australia to highlight marine conservation issues.
Alerted to each other's proximity by readers of their respective blogs and guided by friends and relatives back home, the two craft managed to meet 600 miles from Hawaii.
British rower Roz Savage aboard the Junk raft with Dr Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal (video is low resolution due to being uploaded at sea)
"It was fantastic to meet up with the two men on Junk," Ms Savage told BBC News.
"We are like-minded on the subject of pollution of the oceans and we had lots to talk about."
Ms Savage reckons the meeting, after 80 days at sea, may have even saved her life as the Brocade's two water makers had both packed up.
Not so different from your average suburban dinner party, except that Joel hopped overboard to harpoon our main course
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