Blind Japanese Sailor Completes Nonstop Pacific Voyage

Blind Japanese Sailor Completes Nonstop Pacific Voyage

It’s a first for a visually impaired person.

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, who is blind, completed the 8,700-mile trip across the Pacific with the help of a sighted navigator, BBC News reports.

He left California on February 24 with Doug Smith, an American navigator who assisted him, and his 40-foot yacht ended the two-month trip in Fukushima on Saturday morning.

It wasn’t his first attempt. He tried in 2013 but his boat struck a whale and sank, and he had to be rescued by the Japanese military.

Speaking at the port of Iwaki, he told Japan’s Kyodo News that his successful second attempt was a “dream come true.”

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