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Anchorage man accidentally sails across Bering Sea from Yukon River, Russian authorities say

MOSCOW — An Anchorage man has been detained in Russia's Far East after accidentally sailing there from Alaska on a small boat, officials said Friday.

John Martin had been traveling down the Yukon River across Alaska on a one-person boat when he ended up in the open Bering Sea, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. He spent several days at sea in bad weather and eventually washed up on Russian shores.

Martin, who lives in Anchorage, was detained Wednesday by Russian officials in the Far Eastern region of Chukotka. The U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok was informed about the incident.

The BBC quoted Russian media as saying that Martin, born in 1972, was found exhausted near Lavrentiya, a coastal village.

Zakharova told reporters Friday in Moscow that Martin's condition was "satisfactory."

Mathew Hagengruber, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, said it was working with local authorities to provide assistance to Martin.

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