Rescue at Sea After Five Months - KIALOA

November 08, 2017

An unbelievable story of survival at sea by two women and their dogs.The women set out from Hawaii headed toward Tahiti on May 3rd. The trip was intended to take a month but after hitting turbulent water and losing engine power, they were set way off course. After five months at sea, the duo was rescued by a Taiwanese fishing vessel.

Two American Women Rescued After Five Months at Sea

Two American women lost at sea for five long months have been rescued after a broken mast and a disabled engine took them thousands of miles off course.

Jennifer Appel, 48, and friend Tasha Fuiava were found by a Taiwanese fishing vessel around 900 miles southeast of Japan, the U.S. Navy said Thursday. A Navy ship based out of Sasebo, Japan, rescued them on Wednesday morning Japan time.

"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," Appel told TODAY. "I honestly believed that we were about to die within the next 24 hours."

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