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Runs_with_sissors
10-27-2017, 08:14 AM
http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?7764-Voyage-To-Tahiti-Goes-Awry

From front page.

Some strange goings on there.

Anyone know these two birds before their misadventure?

Conan the Librarian
10-27-2017, 08:26 AM
My guess is they were live aboards that bought a used boat for shelter, decided to relocate to a different paradise
and pushed off with little skill or training. Wonder how close that super typhoon got to them?

IOR Geezer
10-27-2017, 09:25 AM
With today's easy access to electronic navigation, the easy way out seems to skip the background basics.

And if engine fails, no batteries means no navigation. GPS is a blessing and a curse.

Photoboy
10-27-2017, 09:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AycIfKBHPvs


A bit more information via KHON news in Honolulu CLICKY (http://khon2.com/2017/10/26/mariners-from-honolulu-rescued-after-5-months-at-sea-on-damaged-boat/)

Two distressed mariners from Honolulu were rescued after sailing for five months on a damaged boat.
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava set sail from Hawaii to Tahiti this spring with their two dogs.
On May 30, the boat’s engine died during bad weather. They continued on, believing they could make it to land.

Two months into their journey and long past when they originally estimated they would reach Tahiti, they began to issue daily distress calls. But no other vessels or shore stations were near enough to hear them.
Appel said they survived by bringing water purifiers and over a year’s worth of food on board, primarily in the form of dry goods such as oatmeal, pasta and rice.

“It was very depressing, and it was very hopeless,” she said. “The only thing you can do, you use what you can and what you have. You have no other choice.”
Both described a chilling experience with sharks surrounding the sailboat.
“We were slowly maneuvering through their living room. They came by to slap their tails and tell us we needed to move along,” Appel said. “They decided to use our vessel to teach their children how to hunt. They attacked at night.”

“You can’t get any help at all because you’re in the middle of nowhere, and if it falls apart around you, you’re swimming, and you’re shark bait,” said Fuiava.
On Oct. 24,*they were discovered 900 miles southeast of Japan by a Taiwanese fishing vessel.
The vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Guam who then coordinated with Taipei Rescue Coordination Center, the Japan Coordination Center, and the Joint Coordination Center in Honolulu to help.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland, based in Sasebo, Nagasaki, responded and brought the women and their dogs on board by 1:18 p.m.
“I’m grateful for their service to our country. They saved our lives. The pride and smiles we had when we saw [the U.S. Navy] on the horizon was pure relief,” said Appel. “Thank God we’ve been rescued. I had tears in my eyes.”
The mariners will remain on board until Ashland’s next port of call.


Even a bit more info via AP HERE! (https://wtop.com/asia/2017/10/women-rescued-after-voyage-went-from-bad-to-worse/slide/3/)

El Capitan
10-27-2017, 09:57 AM
The dogs look like they want a nice patch of grass to pee on in a big way!

Charlie Tuna
10-27-2017, 11:16 AM
Thor Heyerdahl made better time!

Photoboy
10-28-2017, 09:09 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZaa5hJSJIo

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2017) Interview with American mariners Tasha Fuiava (right) and Jennifer Appel (left) aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), detailing their experience surviving at sea in the Pacific Ocean for five months and rescued by the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Released) 171027-N-UX013-001

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

The mariners, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba, both from Honolulu, and their two dogs had set sail from Hawaii to Tahiti this spring. They had an engine casualty May 30 during bad weather but continued on, believing they could make it to land by sail.

Two months into their journey and long past when they originally estimated they would reach Tahiti, they began to issue distress calls. The two continued the calls daily, but they were not close enough to other vessels or shore stations to receive them.

On Oct. 24, they were discovered 900 miles southeast of Japan by a Taiwanese fishing vessel. The fishing vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Guam who then coordinated with Taipei Rescue Coordination Center, the Japan Coordination Center, and the Joint Coordination Center in Honolulu to render assistance.

Operating near the area on a routine deployment, Ashland made best speed to the location of the vessel in the early morning on Oct. 25 and arrived on scene at 10:30 a.m that morning. After assessing the sailboat unseaworthy, Ashland crew members brought the distressed mariners and their two dogs aboard the ship at 1:18 p.m.

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

Appel said they survived the situation by bringing water purifiers and over a year's worth of food on board, primarily in the form of dry goods such as oatmeal, pasta and rice.

Once on Ashland, the mariners were provided with medical assessments, food and berthing arrangements. The mariners will remain on board until Ashland's next port of call.

"The U.S. Navy is postured to assist any distressed mariner of any nationality during any type of situation," said Cmdr. Steven Wasson, Ashland commanding officer.

Part of U.S. 7th Fleet's forward deployed naval forces out of Sasebo, Japan, Ashland has been on a routine deployment for the past five months as a ready-response asset for any of contingency.
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Photoboy
10-28-2017, 09:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMJI6e60Rsw


Two women who were lost at sea for five months say they think they were on the brink of death when they were saved by Navy rescuers. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were left stranded after their engine broke during what was meant to be a month-long voyage. As their boat drifted, they were twice attacked by tiger sharks. Eventually, they were seen by a fishing boat. Their dogs Zeus and Valentine looked just as joyous when the USS Ashland arrived to save them.

Built to List
10-28-2017, 09:45 AM
Strange crew.

Who's gonna tell them they aint never gonna see that boat again?

psycho tiller
10-29-2017, 11:07 AM
They set off for a 3 hour tour, became stranded on a deserted island and couldn't fix a 5" hole in the boat but could build an entire city on the island? Oops, wrong TV show, my mistake. Carry on.

Runs_with_sissors
10-30-2017, 08:25 AM
I would guess that they are substance abusers.

IOR Geezer
10-30-2017, 09:55 AM
I was going to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Now I'm not too sure.

psycho tiller
10-31-2017, 05:17 AM
At first I gave the mass media the benefit of the doubt thinking they were just reporting the facts wrong or leaving things out. However as these two mental giants continued to exhibit diarrhea of the mouth more things just didn't make sense. Someone mentioned in another forum the true tragedy is these two are getting insane amounts of media coverage from the general media but not one national news story about an American skipper who just won the 1st leg of the VOR. [baffled]

On the bright side, finally some strands of truth seem to be coming out.
https://www.yahoo.com/gma/sailors-lost-sea-5-months-didnt-activate-emergency-080905434--abc-news-topstories.html

Cleveland Steamer
10-31-2017, 07:47 AM
Latest is NOAA meteorologists don't find storms in the time window and area they claim at start of their trip.

Prince of Whales
10-31-2017, 09:12 AM
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/questions-raised-about-sailors-story-after-months-stranded-at-sea/ar-AAugiZk

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/apnewsbreak-lost-sailors-did-not-activate-emergency-beacon/ar-AAufAnm?

The should apply for a job in the Trump cabinet.

Photoboy
11-03-2017, 09:59 AM
http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/20705535748066579652.jpg

https://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/boa/d/50-foot-sailboat/6370727567.html

IOR Geezer
11-03-2017, 10:03 AM
Does it come with the pooper scooper?

Photoboy
11-08-2017, 12:47 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3a4-PnRiio

Break out your hip waders and shovels!

Honey Badger
11-08-2017, 01:28 PM
Thought they were in it for the insta-fame.

[chainsaw]

Buzz Light Beer
11-09-2017, 02:34 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5063707/Bungling-yachtswoman-kinky-sailor-dominatrix.html

The UK's Daily Mail shed some interesting on the whole mess and the skipper.

[excited]

Panama Red
11-09-2017, 03:05 PM
Now I'm worried what those two dogs went through for 5 months.

Cleveland Steamer
11-10-2017, 07:42 AM
The talk show circuit tour for those two just took an interesting turn.

Tonapah Low
11-10-2017, 08:46 AM
Tasha said she was a heavy sleeper, and slept through the force 11 storm that went on for 3 days.

She should have said: "I was tied up at the time"

Prince of Whales
11-10-2017, 08:57 AM
http://www.nuk3.com/gallery/images/comedy/full/512.jpg

Wonder if they had whipped cream on board?

Carl Spackler
11-10-2017, 01:28 PM
If only those dogs could talk!