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A blind Japanese crossed the Pacific Ocean on a 12-meter yacht

He became the first person with serious visual impairment, who with the help of a sighted navigator was able to do it.

Japanese Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, at the age of 16 years, completely lost his sight, swam across the Pacific Ocean on a 12-meter yacht Dream Weaver. He was assisted by a sighted American navigator Douglas Smith, but it is argued that he did not assist in the management.

I did not give up and made the dream a reality. I am the happiest man on earth.

Mitsuhiro Iwamoto

On February 24, February, a small ship left the port of San Diego, and on the morning of April 20, it moored in the port of Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan.

This is already the second attempt by Iwamoto – the first attempt from an attempt was made in 2013, but then the ship sank a few days after sailing. In 2018, he began to raise funds through GoFundMe in support of his journey. He promised to donate the collected money to charity to study diseases that lead to blindness.

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