Houston woman speaks out after daughter rescued at sea

Houston woman speaks out after daughter rescued at sea

After five long months at sea, two American women and their dogs have been rescued by the US Coast Guard. It was just Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava, their dogs Zeus and Valentine, a busted marine engine, and the Pacific. "It was actually quite mind-blowing and incredibly humbling", Joyce Appel said.

"It was very depressing and it was very hopeless, but it's the only thing you can do so you do what you can with what you have". "She sounded wonderful, so I was happy".

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

The duo, who became "friends at first sight" when they first met in December, planned the trip shortly after they connected while Appel was doing work on her boat.

But after two months at sea, they realized they were seriously off course and began issuing daily distress radio calls. "They could smell us", Appel said. But they were too far away from other boats and shore stations to be heard.

Surviving off a water purifier and a year's worth of emergency supplies, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava are now heading back to port with help from the U.S. Navy. They drifted aimlessly and sent unanswered distress calls for 98 consecutive days. "It was incredibly emotional", Ms Appel told Star Advertiser.

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The two set sail on May 3 and ran into trouble nearly immediately, Ms Appel said, hitting a storm that pounded their vessel with 80-to-112-kilometre-per-hour winds for three days as they travelled the Hawaiian islands. "There is a true humility to wondering if today is your last day, if tonight is your last night". "If the storm that's approaching is going to bring down the rig".

'I'm grateful for their service to our country.

After almost five months lost at sea, they were finally spotted by a Taiwanese fishing vessel.

"When I saw the gray boat on the edge of the horizon, my heart leapt because I knew that we were about to be saved, because I honestly believed we were going to die within the next 24 hours", Appel added.

Sasebo-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) was tapped as the craft that could rescue the group the fastest.

Although Appel has been sailing the Hawaiian islands for 10 years and spent two years preparing for this voyage, she acknowledged she and Fuiava, a novice sailor, may not have prepared as well as they could have.

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