US Navy rescues sailors and dogs after months stranded at sea

The sailors’ engine broke down while they were en-route to Tahiti. They and their dogs survived off a diet of purified water and dry food. The US Navy released a video of the rescue.

Two American sailors and their dogs have been rescued, the US Navy said Thursday.

Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiaba and their two canines launched out from Hawaii this spring. They planned to travel some 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) south to Tahiti aboard a small sailboat.

Their engine broke down on May 30 during a bad weather but they thought they could continue to Tahiti using the wind.

“Two months into their journey and long past when they originally estimated they would reach Tahiti, they began to issue distress calls. The two continued the calls daily, but they were not close enough to other vessels or shore stations to receive them,” the US Navy said.

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