Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Navy Rescues Defunct, Unmanned Solar-Powered Kayak off Newfoundland

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Navy Rescues Defunct, Unmanned Solar-Powered Kayak off Newfoundland

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Navy rescues drifting unmanned kayak

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HALIFAX - An unmanned solar-powered kayak that spent the last week alone and adrift off the Atlantic coast has been rescued by the Canadian Navy.

Navy officials say HMCS St. John's was able to track down the hapless kayak early Wednesday and plucked it from the water.

"St. John's, which is on its way to a namesake port visit in Newfoundland, was slightly diverted since it was passing close by to Solar Voyager and picked it up," said Sub.-Lt. Blair Gilmore in an interview.

The Solar Voyager set off from Gloucester, Mass., on June 1 in a bid to become the first autonomous boat to make the transatlantic voyage.

But according to its Twitter feed, the sleek four-metre-long aluminum boat, which has two solar panels as its main power source, stopped responding on June 23. …

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