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US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months

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  1. southfork

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    Mighty smart to have that dry food on board, this must have been their shtf boat
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    US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
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    Two civilian mariners were rescued at sea by a U.S. Navy ship after being stranded in the Pacific Ocean for almost five months.

    The two mariners were well off course: They left Honolulu on their sailboat in the spring, bound for Tahiti, 2,600 miles away in the South Pacific, but were rescued in the western Pacific 900 miles southeast of Japan.

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    Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba, both from Honolulu, and their two dogs were rescued on Wednesday by the USS Ashland (LSD 48), an amphibious transport dock ship.

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    During a spell of bad weather on May 30, their sailboat's engine stopped running for good. But the pair continued sailing toward Tahiti, believing they could make it to land.

    Two months into their voyage, they began issuing daily distress radio calls. But there were no ships close enough to receive the messages.

    On Tuesday a Taiwanese fishing vessel discovered the pair 900 miles from Japan, nearly 5,000 miles from their planned destination.

    The vessel reached out to the U.S. Coast Guard in Guam for assistance, and it was determined that the Ashland was in the best position to pick up the stranded mariners.

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    The Ashland reached the sailboat Tuesday morning, and after the craft was assessed as unseaworthy, Appel and Fuiaba were taken aboard. They were given medical checkups, food and berthing arrangements on the ship because they will remain on the Ashland until its next port of call.

    "I'm grateful for their service to our country. They saved our lives. The pride and smiles we had when we saw [the Navy] on the horizon was pure relief," said Appel.

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    Appel said they survived for so long at sea thanks to the water purifiers on the sailboat and the year's worth of food they had on board, including oatmeal, pasta and rice.

    "The U.S. Navy is postured to assist any distressed mariner of any nationality during any type of situation," said Cmdr. Steven Wasson, the Ashland's commanding officer.
     
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    MAN, They almost made it. Only FIVE THOUSAND miles from their destination. :bang head:
     
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    It appears to me that, they were ill equipped for such a journey. I saw the story on yahoo news, but despite having food and water, neither seemed to have navigation skills, nor did they really understand how unforgiving the sea can be. Also, they didn't seem to have emergency electronic equipment, other than a more or less line of sight radio for alerting the Coast Guard should they need help.
     
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    The prep for a trip like that requires a lot of work, including a "float plan", filed with the USCG & friends/family ON BOTH ENDS.
     
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    I was on Tahiti back in the early '80s, I was drinking in a bar on a boat in the capital's harbor, which was full of sailboats like this couple's.
    The bartender told me they were mostly for sale; people who had the same dream like this couple of sailing the seas, after finally making it to Tahiti, gave up the dream after the rough passage. The assumption is they were for most part not prepared for such a trip, the bartender also mentioned severe weather during the trip as another cause.
     
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    I'm confused. It's a sailboat. Why would the engine problem keep them from going anywhere? Why wouldn't you just raise sail, head into to the evening sun and go until you found land? I know it's a big ocean but it seems that you would get somewhere eventually.
     
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    The sea is a bitch, very unforgiving. Ever been to sea? There are days on end when there's not enough wind to fill a sail, then other days that will rip a sail right off the boat. The storm that took out their engine, well, no mechanic on board to repair it, doesn't matter how much fuel you've got, and they may have thought they had enough for the trip, on a sailboat, unlikely, but even with fair winds, there are still currents to take into consideration. Even well trained navigators make mistakes. They may have not had the training or experience for such a trip and just got a wild hair about making the trip. I've known plenty of folks dumber, at least they had food and a way to get potable water.
     
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    They had fresh meat on board too but I guess they hadn't got that hungry yet.

    How much dog food did they have to carry to feed two dogs [look big] for 5 months?
    I am also wondering how they handled the dog shit issue, as in where did the dogs dump and pee? Did they stroll around the deck and pee on the mast? WTF?
     
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    I would imagine they ate a lot of fresh fish.
     
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    That is a huge part of the planning I mentioned.

    Scoop it up, throw it in the ocean & throw a bucket of sea water to wash it!
     
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    Yea, I'm sure being in a 40' 50' boat with 30' waves is not a lot of fun.
     
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    6 months at sea and the boat isnt sea worthy? Was it when they left? What do they do with the boat? Sink it?
     
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    SAILING MYSTERY, 2 WOMEN + DOGS RESCUED AFTER 5 MONTHS AT SEA,
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    Published on Oct 27, 2017
    You’ll see extensive interviews of the two women rescued 5 months at sea on a 50-foot sailboat adrift in the Pacific Ocean. On May 23, 2017, Jennifer Appel and Natasha Fuiva and the dogs Valentine and Zues departed Oahu, Hawaii in the sailing vessel Sea Nymph bound for Tahiti. On October 25, 2017, they were rescued by the US Navy and Marines of the USS Ashland 900 miles from Japan. Listen to their harrowing story of survival at Sea. Captain Linus Wilson, OUPV-Inland the creator of the Slow Boat Sailing brings up unanswered questions in this deep dive into the disaster with extensive interviews with the survivors. They survived attacks from 50-foot whale sharks.
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    USS Ashland (LSD 48) renders assistance to two distressed American mariners in the Pacific ocean, Oct. 25, whose sailboat had strayed well of its original course. Ashland was operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on routine deployment when the received the message to help.
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    Crewmembers aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue two boaters and their dog 100 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The boaters, aboard the sailboat Magnolia Wind, alerted the Coast Guard after loosing steering while en route for Mississippi to avoid Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)
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    170914-N-JN784-238 GUAM (September 9, 2017) A Sailor mans a 50-caliber machine gun on the fo‘c’sle as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) passes the submarine tender USS Emery S. Land (AS 39) while underway in Guam. Ashland was in Guam for a scheduled voyage repair availability (VRAV) availability while Marines attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted unit level training ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexandra Seeley/Released)
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    A couple of dumb lesbians and their two 4 legged boyfriends costs the taxpayers of America yet more money for their foolishness
     
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    Lt.Dan, Have I ever been to sea? Hell No! I hate the water. I don't even go on Lake Erie if I can avoid it.
    On Searchers post (Not his fault), what reporter says"They survived attacks from 50-foot whale sharks." The last I checked they were filter feeders. They can't even bite.
     
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    Lots of glitches in their story, sounds like they are trying for a book or movie deal.
     
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    You may be on to something....

    The one thing about their story that makes sense is that no one missed them.
     
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    "survived attacks from 50-foot whale sharks"

    I CALL BS ON THIS ONE!!!!
     
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    OK, Bozo's.....all these ludites set sail from the west coast and naturally end up in Hawaii. Of course they leave "that" boat with a Broker and hop on the first flight back. I mean Hawaii is a purchasing heaven because EACH and every boat must be tacked out of there dam neat to the Alutians for a run with the wind down home for the re-sail. "sorry pun intended."

    Maybey these diztzy gals tacked on a reach too far?
     
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    Women Rescued After Five Months at Sea Admit They Had Rescue Beacon They Did Not Use
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    Two women who were retrieved by the Navy after they were stranded in a damaged sailboat with their two dogs for five months have, at long last, stepped foot on land. Yet, as questions arise about their story, the two admitted Monday they had a functioning rescue beacon on board they did not use.

    Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were taken to the White Base Naval Facility in southern Japan on Monday after the two were picked up by the Navy on October 25, adrift some 900 miles off the coast of Japan. The friends left their homes in Hawaii on May 3 for what was supposed to be about a month-long sailing trip to Tahiti in Appel’s sailing boat, the Sea Nymph, but the two quickly ran into trouble from a storm that flooded their engine, damaged their mast and cut off their communication systems.

    “The crew of the USS Ashland saved our lives,” Appel, 48, told press during a briefing on Monday, according to ABC News. “Had they not been able to locate us we would have been dead within 24 hours.”


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    Appel, who is an experienced sailor, stocked up on a year’s worth of food for the trip in case of an emergency, living off a supply of pasta and oatmeal that was about 90 percent depleted by the time they were rescued. The two-woman crew sent out distress signals for 98 days but did not receive a response, and endured two separate attacks from groups of tiger sharks that rammed their boat.


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    “When I saw the gray ship on the horizon, I was just shaking,” Fuiava told PEOPLE and other reporters during a conference call on Friday. “I was ready to cry. I was so happy. I knew we were going to live.”

    Yet, a Coast Guard spokeswoman told the AP that the women had an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) on board, which could have been used to alert search and rescue services via satellite at any point during their five-month journey. During a conference call with the AP and PEOPLE on Friday, Appel did not include an EPIRB when asked what communication devices she had on board.

    “We asked why during this course of time did they not activate the EPIRB. She had stated they never felt like they were truly in distress, like in a 24-hour period they were going to die,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle said.


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    Appel and Fuiava’s account has garnered much criticism from the boating community from the start.

    “I think most cruising sailors found the story just really odd,” Linus Wilson—an associate professor of finance at the University of Louisiana, who took up sailing in 2010 and has since logged more than 10,000 nautical miles—tells PEOPLE. “My initial thought when I heard the story was that Jennifer was very irresponsible for not checking the weather reports.”


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    Appel says a Force 11 storm slammed into their boat within days of leaving Hawaii, but Wilson’s suspicions led him to research if any Force 11 storms—which can cause exceptionally high 30- to 50-foot waves and can dramatically reduce visibility—formed around Hawaii at the start of May. The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) told him they have no record of a storm occurring at that time. PEOPLE followed up with the NOAA and confirmed this information.

    Wilson says he is worried their story may scare away people who are interested in sailing.

    “To have people afraid they’re going to be lost at sea, or that they’re going to be attacked by sharks, I think it’s a terrible picture for the sailboat cruising community,” he says. “Sailors who have been out on the water and have cruised long distances, their comments about the story are negative—there are so many holes in it that it just doesn’t make any sense.”

    http://people.com/human-interest/women-rescued-after-five-months-lost-at-sea-touch-down-in-japan/
     
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    Searcher, I saw that on yahoo this morning - confirmed the thoughts I had all along - to dumb or unprepared to go to sea. I thought standard equipment would be an emergency rescue beacon and the knowledge to activate it if/when needed.
     
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    Do you think this may have been staged?
     
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    A mixed lesbian couple...these two are an example of the progressive people who like to tell us what's good for us and what isn't! The fact that they still had some measures they could have taken to increase their chances to be found but refused to use them tells me all I want to know about the whole event...a big nothing burger!
     
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    Something fishy is going on! Sailors who say they were lost at sea for SIX MONTHS never used their emergency beacon, were caught in a non-existent storm and sailed past an 'uninhabited' island that is home to 2,000 people
    • Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava say they were lost at sea for months before being rescued by the US Navy on October 25
    • Sailing experts say that the women should have activated their emergency beacon and would have been rescued almost immediately if they had
    • The women claimed that they didn't activate the beacon because they never feared for their life, despite encountering a fierce storm and losing their engines
    • The National Weather Service reports that there were no storms recorded at the time the women say they were battered by a storm in early May
    • The women also gave unlikely reasons for why they did not attempt to dock at islands and ports they encountered during their travels
    • The women were eventually spotted by a Navy vessel and taken to Japan


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5033909/Lost-sailors-did-not-activate-emergency-beacon.html#ixzz4x5mzYHaN
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    Look at the faces of those sailors in the background, I know they are supposed to be at parade rest position, but the look on those faces. Probably they mostly know the truth and have to keep silent - butt their faces give them away.
     
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    History is loaded with societies who have suppressed women. This is a great example of why that decision has been made time and time again throughout history. Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it!
     
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    HOAX or FOLLY? Sailboat Rescue Tale Has Many Inconsistencies
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    Published on Nov 5, 2017
    Two Hawaiian sailors rescued off Japan by the US Navy told some tall tales about their ordeal at sea in stories covered by all the major news networks. They said they sailed through a force 11 storm and saw 50-foot sharks in the "Devils Triangle," but those tales were false. The U.S. Navy rescued two Hawaiian women and two dogs off at 50-foot (or 37-foot) sailboat 900 miles from Japan. Jennifer Appel (the captain and owner of SV Sea Nymph) and Natash "Tasha" Fuiava were rescued 900 miles southeast of Japan and thousands of miles off course from their destination in Tahiti. They said they set off 10 flares, waved a white flag, and made VHF distress calls for 98 days before they were towed by the Taiwanese fishing vessel the Fong Chun No. 66 and then Ms. Appel swam over and used the fishing boat's satellite phone to call for rescue. Why did they not use their EPIRB to signal for rescue 99 days earlier?

    We look at the NOAA weather data, tiger shark tale,(which resembles the book and movie Jaws), the decision to not use the EPIRB, the failure to stop at the excellent anchorage in Kiritimati, Kiribati, Christmas Island, the non-lying explanations for the 10-knot current, and GPS and communications gear on the sailboat. Ms. Appel has been made the most famous sailor in the USA by sloppy reporting and poor coordination by the US Navy and the USCG investigating this case. Was this a mayday hoax, which is a felony under federal law? The United States Coast Guard district 14 in Honolulu is not at the time of investigating what led to the expensive US Navy rescue despite many inconsistencies and fabrications in the story.
     
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    Falsifying a log is serious bad juju. Not just at the home port, but any port. Her days at the helm are finished.
     
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    EXCLUSIVE: Truth about the bungling yachtswomen 'lost at sea for five months' - one was crash-prone 'kinky sailor' who paid for trip by working as a dominatrix - and the other had never sailed at all (and now they're planning to write a book)
    • Jennifer Appel, 48, and Tasha Fuiava, 27, say they were lost at sea for months before being rescued by the US Navy 900 miles off the coast of Japan on October 25
    • The women said that they set out from Honolulu on a 50ft sailboat called the Sea Nymph on May 3 but a series of conflicting claims have been made since, causing confusion about their story
    • Now DailyMailTV can reveal that Appel was a self styled 'kinky sailor' who set off from Hawaii in an 'unseaworthy' yacht after paying for the trip by working as a dominatrix and an exotic dancer
    • Appel was also an erotic novelist, a landscape architect and organic farmer. The petite blonde had a history of maritime catastrophes as she crashed her first boat, the FSOW, in an accident in January 2012
    • She had a motorbike accident in her early twenties that broke nearly every bone in her body and 'affected the judgment part of her brain', according to her younger boyfriend Roman Kalinowski, 27
    • A friend of Appel, who asked not to be named, said of her: 'She's not very bright – very ditzy and not very grounded. 'When I saw what happened to her, I wasn't surprised – she's never been very organized'
    • Fuiava, who has never sailed before, decided to join Appel 'on a whim' after the two met only a few days before they left. A man who lived near her said she lost nearly half of her 250lb body weight at sea


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    How did she be in her early 20's while having a younger BF who was 27?
     
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    Her much younger ex-boyfriend, Roman Kalinowski, 26, a DJ and professional blackjack player from Honolulu who dated Appel between 2011 and 2014, told DailyMailTV: 'Pretty much what happened is she bought a new outboard motor because she was preparing to go on a longer journey back then and she chose probably the worst day ever to test it out.

    He continued: 'There was surf swell of maybe like 10ft or so – three or four meters just coming up the channel, big ass waves. She thought that would be a great day to test it out and then of course the motor dies as soon as she's in the channel and then one or two big waves and bam, her boat's right on the reef.

    'She really was [lucky not to get hurt]. She had her dog on the boat too and another guy who was helping her sail and yeah, it's a miracle that none of them got hurt. But the boat was totally destroyed.'

    Clifford Inn, of the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, said: 'She was on what we call a buoy run [to check the vessel is seaworthy] and it ran aground. It was a total loss.'



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    Ok, but that doesn't really explain how he knows that an accident she had in her early 20's affected the judgement part of her brain. That's what I was wondering about. To know someones judgement had been affected by accident, don't you also need to know the person prior to the accident in order to be able to have something to compare with? Or does she tell everyone that her judgement is damaged? Either way, the reporting in the article isn't very clear.
     

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