The U.S. Coast Guard and two AMVER vessels helped a 78-year-old man aboard a homemade sailing vessel at multiple points during a five-month journey across the Pacific Ocean.

On October 29, the brother of the mariner notified Coast Guard District 11 command center that he had departed Japan at the end of May and was expected to arrive in San Francisco in late August. Due to a lack of wind, the man aboard the sailing vessel, theĀ Mayfly, was delayed by two months and was running low on food and water. Read on.