It was back in May when Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set sail in their boat with their dogs from their home state of Hawaii, but bad weather incapacitated their boat, and they never made it to their destination of Tahiti. The two have been stranded in their crippled boat just drifting in the Pacific Ocean for the past five months. The women and their dogs hit a storm, and their boat lost power. They then drifted far off course. Despite the daily distress calls sent by the the two sailors, no help came. They were far off the shipping lanes and those calls weren’t heard. According to USA Today, the engine on their sailboat failed on May 30, and the women thought they could use the sails to get to land, but after months at sea, that idea looked less and less promising.
… On Tuesday, the two sailors and their pups were discovered about 900 miles southwest of Japan by a Taiwan fishing boat. The crew of that boat contacted the U.S. Coast Guard station in Guam, and come Wednesday morning, the Navy’s USS Ashland pulled up to the stranded sailors in a 610-foot-long “amphibious docking landing ship.”
… How did the women survive on the high seas for five months? They had a year’s supply of dry food with them, which was stored on the boat for just this type of emergency purposes. Along with the food, the two sailors had a water purifier on board, which was able to supply them with all the drinking water they needed.