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Oil Tanker In Galveston Rescues Sailor Attempting Solo Trip Around The World

Michael Brown set out from Corpus Christi on a solo mission to sail around the world, but he didn’t make it too far.

A rescue ship towed Michael Brown's sailboat safely into shore.
A rescue ship towed Michael Brown’s sailboat safely into shore.

Michael Brown set out from Corpus Christi on a solo mission to sail around the world, but he didn't make it too far. Brown hit some choppy seas offshore Galveston, and the rudder on his sailboat went out.

“It was like, well OK, I got to figure out how to get out of this," Brown says. "So I took a nap. I slept all night, got up the next morning, started thinking about what I can do.”

Brown spoke from his cell phone as a rescue ship was towing him the last few miles into shore. His 40-foot sailboat, aptly named Fearless, was stocked with enough supplies to last a few weeks, but he decided to send out a distress call, and a nearby oil tanker responded right away.

Captain Mike Dillon is a harbor pilot who helped the ships dock safely. He says these types of rescues don't happen often.

“The crew was just overabundant with pride that they had saved a life, and it was neat to be on board,” Dillon says. “I congratulated everyone. They were all beaming.”

Brown is taking a few weeks off to rest and repair his boat. Once that's done, he says he'll set back out on his mission to sail around the world.

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