Seventy-two year old U.S. adventurer William Willis returned to New York City last night by?
Willis off plane, embraced by wife, talks to reporters
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Background: Seventy-two year old U.S. adventurer William Willis returned to New York City last night by plane for Argentina, Newfoundland.
He left the city two months ago aboard "The Little One", an 11 1/2 foot sailboat (a yawl rigged ketch) and planned to sail to England, drinking sea-water as an experiment with his food.
He became ill last week and had to be picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Willis is an old hand at solo voyages across the lonely oceans of the world. Two years ago, he spent seven months sailing from Peru to Australia.
On this trip, he was almost about 850 miles east north east of New York when he was stricken with the return of an old harnia. He was buffeted by gales and lay on his small boat for days, keeping watch for a larger ship so he could call for help.
Finally one came by, relayed his distress call to the Coast Guard, and he was rescued.