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US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:58:08 AM »
This boat is still in good shape!  They couldn't finish the sail because the engine gave out? ???  :icon_scratch:

At least they had enough CFS to have plenty of food on board.  Otherwise, IDIOTS!

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

PHOTO: Tasha Fuiaba, an American mariner who had been sailing for five months on a damaged sailboat, climbs the accommodation ladder to board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy

Tasha Fuiaba, an American mariner who had been sailing for five months on a damaged sailboat, climbs the accommodation ladder to board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.more +

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Two civilian mariners have been rescued at sea by a U.S. Navy ship after having been stranded in the Pacific Ocean for almost five months.

The two mariners were well off course -- they had left Honolulu in the spring headed to Tahiti in the South Pacific but were rescued in the western Pacific 900 miles southeast of Japan.

 

PHOTO: USS Ashland (LSD 48) Command Master Chief Gary Wise welcomes aboard Jennifer Appel, an American mariner who had received assistance from Ashland crew members, Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy
USS Ashland (LSD 48) Command Master Chief Gary Wise welcomes aboard Jennifer Appel, an American mariner who had received assistance from Ashland crew members, Oct. 25, 2017.more +

 

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

The pair had set sail on their sailboat from Hawaii this spring bound for Tahiti, 2,600 months to the south.

 

PHOTO: Sailors help Zeus, one of two dogs who were accompanying two mariners who were aided by the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy
Sailors help Zeus, one of two dogs who were accompanying two mariners who were aided by the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.more +

 

But 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 Japanese Taiwanese fishing vessel discovered the pair at a location 900 miles from Japan, nearly 5,000 miles from their original destination of Tahiti.

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.

 

PHOTO: A sailor greets Zeus the dog with his owner Tasha Fuiaba, left, on the boat deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) after assistance was rendered to their distressed sailboat, Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy
A sailor greets Zeus the dog with his owner Tasha Fuiaba, left, on the boat deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) after assistance was rendered to their distressed sailboat, Oct. 25, 2017.more +

 

The Ashland reached the sailboat Tuesday morning and after assessing that the craft was unseaworthy, the stranded mariners were brought aboard. They were given a medical check-up, food and berthing arrangements on the ship because they will remain on the Ashland until the ship's 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 [U.S. Navy] on the horizon was pure relief," said Appel.

 

PHOTO: Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) maneuver the landing craft personnel (large) to render assistance to distressed mariners, Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy
Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) maneuver the landing craft personnel (large) to render assistance to distressed mariners, Oct. 25, 2017.more +

 

Appel said they survived for so long at sea thanks to the water purifiers aboard 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, Ashland's commanding officer.

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

PHOTO: Tasha Fuiaba, an American mariner who had been sailing for five months on a damaged sailboat, climbs the accommodation ladder to board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy

Tasha Fuiaba, an American mariner who had been sailing for five months on a damaged sailboat, climbs the accommodation ladder to board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.more +

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Two civilian mariners have been rescued at sea by a U.S. Navy ship after having been stranded in the Pacific Ocean for almost five months.

The two mariners were well off course -- they had left Honolulu in the spring headed to Tahiti in the South Pacific but were rescued in the western Pacific 900 miles southeast of Japan.

 

PHOTO: USS Ashland (LSD 48) Command Master Chief Gary Wise welcomes aboard Jennifer Appel, an American mariner who had received assistance from Ashland crew members, Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy
USS Ashland (LSD 48) Command Master Chief Gary Wise welcomes aboard Jennifer Appel, an American mariner who had received assistance from Ashland crew members, Oct. 25, 2017.more +

 

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

The pair had set sail on their sailboat from Hawaii this spring bound for Tahiti, 2,600 months to the south.

 

PHOTO: Sailors help Zeus, one of two dogs who were accompanying two mariners who were aided by the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy
Sailors help Zeus, one of two dogs who were accompanying two mariners who were aided by the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), Oct. 25, 2017.more +

 

But 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 Japanese Taiwanese fishing vessel discovered the pair at a location 900 miles from Japan, nearly 5,000 miles from their original destination of Tahiti.

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.

 

PHOTO: A sailor greets Zeus the dog with his owner Tasha Fuiaba, left, on the boat deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) after assistance was rendered to their distressed sailboat, Oct. 25, 2017.Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan Clay/Navy
A sailor greets Zeus the dog with his owner Tasha Fuiaba, left, on the boat deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) after assistance was rendered to their distressed sailboat, Oct. 25, 2017.more +

 

The Ashland reached the sailboat Tuesday morning and after assessing that the craft was unseaworthy, the stranded mariners were brought aboard. They were given a medical check-up, food and berthing arrangements on the ship because they will remain on the Ashland until the ship's 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 [U.S. Navy] on the horizon was pure relief," said Appel.

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Re: US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 01:56:32 PM »
Doesn't say much for their navigational skills. Their sails appear to be intact. That boat is a homebuilt hard chine steel boat. Many like it have circumnavigated. A real reef buster.

I'd guess their GPS failed and they had no backup navigation. Maybe they couldn't find land and turned back. Five months is a hell of a long time to be out there. It shouldn't take more than three weeks to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti, the logical next landfall.

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Re: US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 04:21:07 PM »
Doesn't say much for their navigational skills. Their sails appear to be intact. That boat is a homebuilt hard chine steel boat. Many like it have circumnavigated. A real reef buster.

I'd guess their GPS failed and they had no backup navigation. Maybe they couldn't find land and turned back. Five months is a hell of a long time to be out there. It shouldn't take more than three weeks to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti, the logical next landfall.

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Plenty of food and plenty of pussy.  The engine breakdown may have been intentional!  Lesbians will think of things like that.  They sort of think like men sometimes.
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Re: US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2017, 04:28:54 PM »
Doesn't say much for their navigational skills. Their sails appear to be intact. That boat is a homebuilt hard chine steel boat. Many like it have circumnavigated. A real reef buster.

I'd guess their GPS failed and they had no backup navigation. Maybe they couldn't find land and turned back. Five months is a hell of a long time to be out there. It shouldn't take more than three weeks to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti, the logical next landfall.

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Plenty of food and plenty of pussy.  The engine breakdown may have been intentional!  Lesbians will think of things like that.  They sort of think like men sometimes.


Those dogs may be scarred for life.  They may have been forced to be part of the fun and games.  Months at sea?  Once boredom set in the dogs may have been molested.  Forced to serve the stud needs of two lesbians.  The horror!

If the dogs consented then it would be ok.
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Re: US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2017, 04:47:58 PM »
Doesn't say much for their navigational skills. Their sails appear to be intact. That boat is a homebuilt hard chine steel boat. Many like it have circumnavigated. A real reef buster.

I'd guess their GPS failed and they had no backup navigation. Maybe they couldn't find land and turned back. Five months is a hell of a long time to be out there. It shouldn't take more than three weeks to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti, the logical next landfall.

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Even if you don't know celestial navigation and have no sextant, what kind of IDIOT wouldn't take at least 3 GPS units with them on a crossing like that?  The little waterproof Garmins go for $150 a piece!  I'd have them plus at least a couple of packs of 20 AA batts.  You only need to turn them on a couple of times a day anyhow to get a fix on your position.  When I used mine in the truck, 1 set of batts lasted me MONTHS.

Besides that, your fucking cell phone will act as a GPS without being connected to the cell phone network.  Just load the Compass App for Iphone or Android.  There are also great Celestial Navigation Apps, as well as Star Charts.  No connection to a phone network necessary.  I'm sure these bimbos had phones.

Besides THAT, just look at where the sun rises and point generally westward.  You gotta run into land somewhere in 5 months if you're not just drifting and are in the middle latitudes.

Dopey Dames like this should not be at the helm of a nice boat like that.   :emthdown:

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 06:25:00 AM »
I knew this story sounded fishy.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-navy-ship-rescue-japan-20171030-story.html

Sailors who braved months lost at sea finally reached land, but parts of their story face doubt


Jennifer Appel, right, and Tasha Fuiava sit with their dogs on the deck of the USS Ashland on Oct. 30, 2017, at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

Avi Selk, Eli Rosenberg and Lindsey BeverWashington Post

Two amateur sailors set first feet on land Monday after spending nearly half a year lost at sea - a journey they said took them through shark attacks and waves as tall as office buildings, and nearly killed them on the brink of their rescue by the U.S. Navy.

"The crew of the USS Ashland saved our lives, not from the ocean, but from the vessel that was trying to render assistance to us," Jennifer Appel told reporters after the Navy ship docked in Okinawa, Japan.

"Had they not been able to locate us, we would have been dead within 24 hours."

Appel's voyage began thousands of miles away in Hawaii, when she, Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs set off in a sailboat on May 3 to explore - they thought - Tahiti and other Pacific islands thousands of miles to the south.

The saga has captured national attention for its sheer drama. But certain details have begun to draw skepticism in recent days.

Appel had been sailing for a decade, the Guardian reported - but close to her home in Honolulu.

"I have no idea what's going to happen out there," she recalled telling Fuiava, who replied:

"That's OK, I've never sailed."

They stuffed the 50-foot Sea Nymph with food and provisions - just in case the trip lasted more than the planned two-and-a-half weeks.

On their first day at sea, Appel said, a violent storm hit with waves as high as 50 feet.

The storm lashed the Sea Nymph for three days, but when it finally subsided, the women were more confident than ever in their abilities, and decided to sail on.

"The boat could withstand the forces of nature," Appel said.

From there, problems spiraled. The boat's mast was somehow damaged, and its frame was too big to dock at the tiny island of Kiribati for repairs.

So they kept sailing, hobbled and already hundreds of miles off their planned course.

At the end of May - long after the women were supposed to have reached Tahiti - a white squall flooded their cockpit and wrecked the engine.

Now they were simply adrift.

They began to send out distress signals, but no answer came back. Fuiava recalled to NBC's "Today" show that she would stand watch at night, and shoot a flare into the sky whenever she saw a ship on the horizon.

"They would turn or keep going," she said.

They did what they could to survive. The ship's water purifier broke, according to the Guardian, but they figured out how to fix it. When the dog food ran out, Zeus and Valentine made do with the women's provisions - mostly dry goods like oatmeal, pasta and nuts.

They had packed enough food to last them a year, they thought, but the supply was dwindling rapidly.

And the ocean brought other dangers.

One day, the women recalled, a pack of tiger sharks found them. The sharks started ramming the boat, and kept at it so long it that seemed to Appel they were hunting.

"When those things would hit the boat, my own teeth would rattle in my head," Appel told reporters. She and Fuiava and the dogs all huddled on the floor below deck.

"I told them not to bark because the sharks could hear us breathing. They could smell us," Appel told "Today."

They spent month after month like that - "Wondering if today is your last day, if tonight is your last night," Appel told reporters.

By late October - nearly hurricane season in the South Pacific - the food had run down to the last rations. They had by now spent nearly six months on the Sea Nymph, and it seemed less and less likely that they could do so for much longer.

And then on Tuesday, a Taiwanese fishing boat found them - about 900 miles from the coast of Japan, thousands of miles from home and nowhere close to Tahiti.

But when the fishermen tried to tow the sailboat, the Associated Press reported, they damaged it even more.

Appel managed to swim to the fishing vessel and made one last mayday call. Then she swam back to her companions and waited.

They watched the empty horizon. The day passed. It was at this point, Appel said, that she began to fear that death was imminent.

"We actually talked about how we believed we'd been left for dead," she told reporters.

But come Wednesday, she knew: The U.S. Navy had heard her distress call.

"They see us," she told Fuiava, ABC News reported.

Appel recalled shaking as the gray hull of the USS Ashland grew in the distance. She stood on the edge of the Sea Nymph and blew kisses, while the dogs barked and ran wildly down the length of the crippled sailboat.

Appel and Fuiava would spend nearly another week at sea - but they were no longer adrift, and no longer scared and alone.

As the women waited to dock in Japan, they passed the time exploring the Ashland's massive deck, Appel told the Navy last week.

And wherever they wandered, she said, seamen would rush up to help.

"'Where are you going?' they'd say. 'We know you're lost.' "

On Monday, a spokesman from the U.S. Coast Guard told the AP that the two women had an emergency beacon on board their sailboat that was never activated.

The women initially said they were equipped with other communications devices but did not mention an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, which communicates with satellites and transmits locations to authorities. They also said they had six different forms of communication that all died - a claim that has also met skepticism.

"I've never heard of all that stuff going out at the same time," Phillip Johnson, a retired Coast Guard Office who oversaw search and rescue operations, told the AP.

In a briefing with the Coast Guard, Appel said she that did have the emergency beacon on board and that it was properly registered.

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

Johnson told the AP the women would have been found had they used the emergency beacon. The devices can send a location to rescuers in minutes, even if dropped in the ocean.

Appel and Fuiava also said they faced a tropical storm on their first night at sea on May 3. Records kept by the National Weather Service show no signs of such a storm around that time, according to the AP. The findings were confirmed by archived NASA satellite images.

The Coast Guard's review of the case is ongoing but there is no criminal investigation at this point, according to the AP.
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Re: US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2017, 07:47:19 AM »
I thought they looked very good for people who were going to die in one more day. I don't buy the storms or the shark attacks.
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Re: US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 03:11:01 PM »
Where's all the bruises on their body from being tossed around like a rag doll at sea.  :icon_scratch:
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