American Sailors And Their Dogs Saved After Five Months At Sea

Clyde Nash
October 31, 2017

But the two sailors, accompanied by their dogs, were resourceful and prepared with more than a year's worth of food, and after more than five months of being lost in the vast Pacific Ocean, sending out daily distress calls that no one heard, they were rescued by the U.S. Navy on Wednesday about 900 miles southeast of Japan.

A pair of women from Hawaii meant to sail for Tahiti but bad weather and technical problems left them adrift at sea for months, sometimes among sharks.

Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs were found Wednesday, drifting about 900 miles southeast of Japan, a Navy statement said.

One night, a group of tiger sharks began attacking the vessel, and the next morning, a shark returned and rammed the boat again, Ms Appel said.

Appel told reporters on Friday that they were beginning to believe they were completely out of luck when they saw the U.S. Navy ship chugging toward them.

Jennifer Appel departed on May 3, her mother said, but her phone was lost overboard the first day she was at sea, and she hadn't heard from her daughter since.

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The ship's mast was also damaged, compromising the structural integrity, and limiting the Sea Nymph's capabilities to maneuver, Appel said in the call, obtained through CNN affiliate KHNL/KGMB.

"They said pack every square inch of your boat with food, and if you think you need a month, pack six months, because you have no idea what could possibly happen out there", Appel said.

Asked if they ever thought they might not survive, she said they would not be human if they did not.

"We were just incredibly lucky that our hull was strong enough to withstand the onslaught".

"There is a true humility to wondering if today is your last day, if tonight is your last night", she said. The boat was discovered Tuesday, about 900 miles southeast of Japan - which is thousands of miles away from Tahiti.

"It was very depressing and very hopeless, but it's the only thing you can do, so you do what you can do", the newspaper quoted her as saying. Steven Wasson, the commanding officer of the USS Ashland.

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They said they have no fear of getting back in the water for some more sailing.

She said the sharks seemed to come together in a bid to overturn their ship.

Their sailboat was deemed unseaworthy and is now drifting out at sea, KHON reported.

"When I saw the grey ship on the Horizon, I was just shaking, I was so happy, I knew we were going to live", Appel said.

The women were given medical assessments and will remain aboard the USS Ashland until its next port of call, the Navy said.

They made a decision to continue on their journey, using the ship's sail as part of their bid to reach land.

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"I'm grateful for their service to our country".

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