HOAX or FOLLY? Sailboat Rescue Tale Has Many Inconsistencies

Two Hawaiian sailors rescued off Japan by the US Navy told some tall tales about their ordeal at sea in stories covered by all the major news networks. They said they sailed through a force 11 storm and saw 50-foot sharks in the “Devils Triangle,” but those tales were false. The U.S. Navy rescued two Hawaiian women and two dogs off at 50-foot (or 37-foot) sailboat 900 miles from Japan. Jennifer Appel (the captain and owner of SV Sea Nymph) and Natash “Tasha” Fuiava were rescued 900 miles southeast of Japan and thousands of miles off course from their destination in Tahiti. They said they set off 10 flares, waved a white flag, and made VHF distress calls for 98 days before they were towed by the Taiwanese fishing vessel the Fong Chun No. 66 and then Ms. Appel swam over and used the fishing boat’s satellite phone to call for rescue. Why did they not use their EPIRB to signal for rescue 99 days earlier?

We look at the NOAA weather data, tiger shark tale (which resembles the book and movie Jaws), the decision to not use the EPIRB, the failure to stop at the excellent anchorage in Kiritimati, Kiribati, Christmas Island, the non-lying explanations for the 10-knot current, and GPS and communications gear on the sailboat. Ms. Appel has been made the most famous sailor in the USA by sloppy reporting and poor coordination by the US Navy and the USCG investigating this case. Was this a mayday hoax, which is a felony under federal law? The United States Coast Guard district 14 in Honolulu is not at the time of investigating what led to the expensive US Navy rescue despite many inconsistencies and fabrications in the story.

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Video by Lance Cpl. Jack Gnosca
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Marines Returned to Okinawa after taking part in a multinational bi-lateral exercise.
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Mayday Hoaxes are subject to prosecution as a Class D felony under Title 14, Section 85 of the U.S. Code, liable for a $5000 fine plus all costs the Coast Guard incurs as a result of the individual’s action.
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All Hands Update: USS Ashland Rescue
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Video by Kevin Dawson
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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.
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Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan R Clay
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171029-N- UX013-001- PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 29, 2017) Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) help to bathe Zeus and Valentine, the two dogs rescued with Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava at sea after spending months adrift.
Interviews: Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava,
Petty Officer 3rd Class Nichole Gorofalo
USS Ashland Renders Aid to Mariners
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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.
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http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/31/asia/pacific-sailors-jennifer-appel-tasha-fuiava-questions/index.html
AP: Two lost sailors did not activate emergency beacon
http://nypost.com/2017/10/30/lost-sailors-story-doesnt-add-up-experts-say/

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