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Two women landed in Japan Monday after their rescue from a damaged sailboat floating aimlessly in the Pacific Ocean.
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs had been lost at sea for almost six months.The Navy ship USS Ashland rescued them about 1,450 kilometers southeast of Japan.
珍妮弗·阿佩尔（Jennifer Appel）和塔莎·费亚瓦娃（Tasha Fuiava）和她们的两只狗在海上已经失踪将近六个月。海军船只美国军舰亚什兰在距日本东南部1450公里营救了她们。
Appel and Fuiava left Honolulu on May 3 sailing Appel’s 15-meter boat, the Sea Nymph.They had planned for an 18-day trip to Tahiti.However, storms flooded the engine, destroyed the boat’s starter and severely damaged themast.The women could not use the sails effectively, as a result.
They tried to return to Hawaii. In June, they got within 1,345 kilometers of Oahu, Appel said.
“We knew we weren’t going to make it,” she said. “So that’s when we started making distress calls. We were hoping that one of our friends who likes to go deep sea fishing and taking people out might have gone past the 400-mile mark and might have cruised near where we would be.”
The women said they floated aimlessly and sent unanswered distress calls for 98 straight days. The women said they ran out of food for the dogs, Zeus and Valentine, and began sharing their own with the animals.
They were thousands of miles in the wrong direction when a Taiwanese fishing boat found them.Appel said she paddled on a surfboard to the Taiwanese boat and made an emergency call.
The USS Ashland happened to be in the area at the time to avoid a storm.The ship’s commanding officer Steven Wasson said the Ashland traveled 160 kilometers and found the women the next day.
Appel told reporters on Friday that they were beginning to feel hopeless when they saw the U.S. Navy ship coming toward them.
“When I saw the gray ship on thehorizon, I was just shaking,” she said.“I was ready to cry, I was so happy.I knew we were going to live.”
The U.S. Navy decided the Sea Nymph needed too many repairs to make it sea worthy.So, the sailboat was left at sea.
The women still hope it will be found and they can repair it.If not, Appel said they wanted to build an “unsinkable and unbreakable boat” and set out for Tahiti again.
“We still never got to see the 20,000 islands, so I think that would be the mostfantastictrip for May of next spring,” she said.
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I’m Caty Weaver.