>> A pair of U.S. sailors have been rescued after five months drifting in the Pacific. Jennifer Appel, Natasha Fuiaba, and their two dogs were picked up on Wednesday by the U.S. Navy. They had been spotted a day earlier by a Taiwanese fishing vessel drifting about 1,450 kilometers southeast of Japan.
The next day they are rescued by the USS Ashland, which was on a routine mission in the region.>> When we saw you guys coming over the horizon, it was like, God we've been saved. It was the most amazing feeling because, we honestly did not believe that we would survive another 24 hours in the current situation.
We had no idea what to expect. But, when we saw that big great ship coming it was just a relief.>>
was.>> Appel and Fuiaba left Hawaii in the spring and have intended to sail to Tahiti. But on March 30th they suffered engine troubles during some bad weather.
The pair said they didn't feel able to reach Tahiti by sail, admitting they were under prepared for the voyage. They issued daily distressed calls but were too far from other vessels to be received. Appel said they survived by having over year's worth supply of food in the form of dry goods like oatmeal and pasta.
A water purifier saved them from dying of thirst