Alaskan boater ends up in Russia
An Anchorage man washed ashore in the Russian far east on Wednesday according to several international news agencies.
John Martin was found on the shore in the far east Chukotka region, according to Russian News Agency Tass. The agency said he arrived on a rubber boat and was detained by border guards for illegally crossing the border.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told the news agency, "Interfax", Martin sailed from the Yukon River and spent several days at sea in the one-man boat in bad weather before being picked up near the Nyambi Cape.
Martin was found to be healthy after getting medical assistance, according to Zakharova.
The U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok has been informed of Martin's arrival according to the report in Interfax, and he will be brought to Anadyr.
Zakharova said Martin is "registered in Alaska and lives in Anchorage." The report said Martin was born in 1972.
Mathew Hagengruber, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, said it was working with local authorities to provide assistance to Martin.
Associated Press contributed to this story.
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