Two Women Lost At Sea For Months Rescued With Their Dogs

USS Ashland saved two people and their dogs after being lost at sea since May

PACIFIC OCEAN (WVEC) -- Two women and their dogs are safe after being lost at sea for months.

In the Spring, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba set sail from Hawaii for a 3,000-mile trip to Tahiti. However, their ship's engine broke down at the end of May during bad weather.

They hoped they could make it to land using their sail, but eventually began issuing distress calls daily.  However, they were not close enough to other ships or shore stations for anyone to receive them.

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The women survived because they had a water purifier and a year's worth of food onboard.

On Tuesday, a Taiwanese fishing vessel found their boat, about 900 miles southeast of Japan. The next day, the USS Ashland (LSD 48) brought them to safety.

The mariners and their two dogs will remain on board the Ashland until the ship's next port of call.

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