Two sailors who were rescued after 5 months in sea reach US base in Okinawa
Okinawa (Japan) Oct 30: A US Navy ship carrying two sailors from Hawaii after it rescued them in the Pacific has docked at an American Navy base in Okinawa, Japan.
The USS Ashland arrived on Monday at White Beach Naval Facility, five days after it picked up the women and their two dogs from their storm-damaged sailboat, 900 miles southeast of Japan.
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava had left Honolulu on May 3 for what was supposed to be an 18-day trip to Tahiti.
Upon the ship's arrival, the women could be seen standing on the bridgeway with the commanding officer and others about six stories high at the top of the ship.
The Navy amphibious landing ship Ashland rescued the women after a Taiwanese fishing vessel spotted their crippled vessel Tuesday and alerted the U.S. Coast Guard.
Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs were found Wednesday, drifting about 900 miles southeast of Japan