Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Bailey, the British couple rescued by a Korean trawler after nearly?
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Bailey, the British couple rescued by a Korean trawler after nearly four months adrift in the Pacific Ocean, arrived in Seoul for a week-long visit on Thursday(2 August). The Balleys looked healthy and well, after a holiday in Hawaii.
Mr. and Mrs. Bailey were picked up near the Galapagos Islands on June 30, 117 days after their yacht sank. It had been hit by an injured whale -- the first they'd seen during the eight-month voyage from the United Kingdom to New Zealand.
More than a hundred cameramen and reporters greeted the couple when they arrived, but they were rushed from the airport to their hotel. The visit is being sponsored by a newspaper and a private broadcasting company.
The Baileys became honorary citizens of the Korean capital on Friday. The Mayor, Mr. Yang Task-Sik, presented the couple with a citizenship certificate and a symbolic golden key to the city. Mayor Yang said the Baileys were receiving the honour "because they found their second life" with the help of Koreans.
The rest of their stay was to be spent sight-seeing. They'll fly home to Britain direct from Seoul. Then it's another holiday, possibly in the Lake District, and a book on their experience. After that, Mr. Bailey hopes to build another boat - and try again.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday, the people of Seoul paid tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Bailey - the British couple who spent almost four months adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
The Baileys were greeted at City Hall by Mayor Yang taek-Sik, who made them honorary citizens and presented them with a symbolic golden key to the city. Mayor Yang said they'd been honoured in this way because Koreans had helped them find their "second life". He was referring to the fact that the couple were rescued by a Korean trawler. That was off the Galapagos Islands on June 30. The trawler took the Baileys to Hawaii, where they had medical checks and rested for three weeks. They're now fit, well and suntanned, and plan to return to England after a week in Seoul.
The Baileys' yacht sank when it was hit by an injured whale. They were sailing from England to New Zealand.
Now the Baileys will write a book -- then it's another boat, another boat, another voyage.