US Navy rescues sailors and dogs after months stranded at sea

US Navy rescues sailors and dogs after months stranded at sea

US Navy rescues sailors and dogs after months stranded at sea

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba had set off in a small sailing boat from Hawaii on a trip to Tahiti when their engine, damaged by the bad weather, failed.

On Tuesday, a Taiwanese fishing vessel discovered them 900 miles southeast of Japan and contacted the Coast Guard, who coordinated a rescue operation. According to Appel and Foiba, from starvation they were saved by water makers, as well as large stocks of cereals and pasta. "The pride and smiles we had when we saw [the Ashland] on the horizon was pure relief".

"It was the most wonderful feeling because we honestly did not believe that we would survive another 24 hours in the current situation", Appel added.

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

Once aboard, the women were provided with medical evaluations, food, and a place to stay until the Ashland's next port of call.

The USS Ashland, which was in the area, arrived early the following day to rescue the sailors - both from Honolulu - and their dogs.

"Two months into their journey and long past when they originally estimated they would reach Tahiti, they began to issue distress calls".

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"It was very depressing and very hopeless, but it's the only thing you can do, so you do what you can do", she said, according to an audio recording of the call.

"There is a true humility to wondering if today is your last day, if tonight is your last night", Appel said.

The Sasebo-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) rendered assistance to two distressed mariners, October 25, whose sailboat had strayed well off its original course.

"I'm grateful for their service to our country", Appel said in a Navy statement.

USS Ashland Commanding Officer Steven Wasson said, "The U.S. Navy is postured to assist any distressed mariner of any nationality during any type of situation".

Appel and Fujaba had been lost at sea since 30 May. "And you're around for a reason, but you may as well use the time to do something beneficial". But The Sea Nymph is still out there, drifting.

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