Five months ago, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba’s lives changed forever.
According to CBS SF Bay Area, Jennifer and Tasha had set off on an epic sailing adventure from Hawaii to Tahiti with their two dogs.
On May 30, 2017, their engine died during a storm.
The pair thought they could make it to land using their boat’s sails, but they never did. They drifted aimlessly through the waters between Hawaii and Tahiti for months, issuing daily distress signals, hoping someone would pass close enough to see them.
But the ocean is vast, and it was deserted. No one came close enough to hear their calls for help, and Jennifer, Tasha, and their dogs slowly but surely drifted further and further from any hope of help.
Thankfully, they had water purifiers onboard so they could drink, and a years’ supply of dry food like rice, pasta, and oatmeal.
But five months after they became lost, help came for Jennifer and Tasha.
A Taiwanese fishing ship discovered their vessel 900 miles southeast of Japan. Thankfully, a US Navy boat called the USS Ashland was in nearby waters, and immediately rushed to help.
Thanks to the Taiwanese fishermen and the US Navy, Jennifer and Tasha are safe now — and so are their two dogs. Jennifer said, “I’m grateful for their service to our country. They saved our lives. The pride and smiles we had when we saw [the US Navy] on the horizon was pure relief.”
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