5 Months Adrift! Really? Deep Dive

You’ll see extensive interviews of the two women rescued 5 months at sea on a 50-foot sailboat adrift in the Pacific Ocean. On May 23, 2017, Jennifer Appel and Natasha Fuiva and the dogs Valentine and Zues departed Oahu, Hawaii in the sailing vessel Sea Nymph bound for Tahiti. On October 25, 2017, they were rescued by the US Navy and Marines of the USS Ashland 900 miles from Japan. Listen to their harrowing story of survival at Sea. Captain Linus Wilson, OUPV-Inland the creator of the Slow Boat Sailing brings up unanswered questions in this deep dive into the disaster with extensive interviews with the survivors. They survived attacks from 50-foot whale sharks.
USS Ashland Renders Aid to Mariners 2
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Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan R Clay
Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet
USS Ashland (LSD 48) renders assistance to two distressed American mariners in the Pacific ocean, Oct. 25, whose sailboat had strayed well of its original course. Ashland was operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region on routine deployment when the received the message to help.
Date Taken: 10.25.2017
Date Posted: 10.26.2017 23:25
Category: B-Roll
Video ID: 561009
VIRIN: 171025-N-UX013-002
Filename: DOD_105014868
Length: 00:01:02
Location: AT SEA
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Coast Guard responds to two search and rescue cases as Hurricane Irma approaches
Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi
U.S. Coast Guard District 7
Crewmembers aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescue two boaters and their dog 100 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The boaters, aboard the sailboat Magnolia Wind, alerted the Coast Guard after loosing steering while en route for Mississippi to avoid Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi)
Date Taken: 09.10.2017
Date Posted: 09.12.2017 09:44
Category: Package
Video ID: 550394
VIRIN: 170910-G-SI450-2001
Filename: DOD_104828867
Length: 00:02:05
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Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Alexandra Seeley
Navy Media Content Services
170914-N-JN784-238 GUAM (September 9, 2017) A Sailor mans a 50-caliber machine gun on the fo‘c’sle as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) passes the submarine tender USS Emery S. Land (AS 39) while underway in Guam. Ashland was in Guam for a scheduled voyage repair availability (VRAV) availability while Marines attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted unit level training ashore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexandra Seeley/Released)
Date Taken: 09.14.2017
Date Posted: 09.19.2017 02:31
Photo ID: 3786349
VIRIN: 170914-N-JN784-238

This work, USS Ashland Departs Guam [Image 1 of 575], by PO1 Alexandra Seeley.

Interviews with mariners Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, and Cmdr. Steve Wasson, USS Ashland commanding officer, about their rescue by the Sasebo-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) after their 50 foot sailboat, the “Sea Nymph” had strayed well off its original course and they were stranded at sea for several months.
Date Taken: 10.27.2017
Date Posted: 10.27.2017 13:26
Category: Interviews
Video ID: 561158
Filename: DOD_105018707
Length: 00:10:59
Location: AT SEA
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10 thoughts on “5 Months Adrift! Really? Deep Dive”

  1. They will make money off of the totally bogus book and film rights. There are so many unanswered and poorly answered questions. One doesn’t know where to begin.


  2. Being a yacht master and an ex naval officer this story makes little sense. I would even go as far as saying that this story is really a load of rubbish and I agree with all the comments of attention seeking and dramatisation. Very occasionally yachts lose their entire mast and most of them manage to continue under jury rig. The film shows a mast standing proud and therefore useable. They might not have been able to use their entire rig but there is always a way to use some of it if you are an experienced sailor. If you are not experienced you should not be jumping on a 50 ft yacht and attempting a crossing from Hawaii to Tahiti, end. By doing so you put your lives at risk and you also potential put the lives at risk of the men and women who will then be called upon to rescue you and that is self centred and selfish. On that note, what ever the reason of the rescue, I congratulate the US Navy for stepping in and carrying out the fundamental duty of rescuing anyone who is in distress at sea even if the basic reason is stupidity. As for stories of whale sharks attacking the boat, all marine biologists who read this must think that theses two women are on quaaludes. A remark for novices considering sailing across an ocean: Don’t! First learn to sail and gather experience. Also learn how to deal with most emergencies that you can encounter on a boat. You would not consider climbing mount Everst without experience. The oceans require equal respect as they can indeed be dangerous. By the way force 11 which is what these two idiots claim to have been hit by at the start of their journey means winds of 70 mph or 60 knots and waves ranging between 37 and 52 ft. They could not even get those facts right! Send them a bill for the rescue and take them off the seas. It will make the oceans a better place for all of us.


  3. This interview and the bogus nonsense they kept throwing in left me scratching my head. It was like trying to stare into a dirty well hoping to see the bottom- the well being the depths of their stupidity. I have so many questions, we all do, and they don’t seem like they can give any straightforward answers. I am not looking forward to the dumbass movie I’m Sure will be made.


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