US navy rescued two women: Two women and their dogs have been rescued after being lost at sea for five months while trying to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti. The US navy rescued two women on Wednesday after a Taiwanese fishing vessel spotted them about 900 miles south-east of Japan, well off their planned course, and alerted the US coast guard.The women, identified by the navy as Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba, both of Honolulu, lost their engine in bad weather in late May but believed they could still reach Tahiti using their sails. The USS Ashland arrived early the next day, the navy said in a statement released on Thursday.“They saved our lives,” Jennifer Appel said after the rescue. “The pride and smiles we had when we saw (the ship) on the horizon was pure relief.” Appel and Tasha Fuiaba said they and their two dogs left Hawaii for Tahiti this spring, but their engine failed May 30 during bad weather.The duo said they continued on, hoping to reach land by sail. Lost and off course, they said they began issuing daily distress calls two months into their journey.But they were not close enough to other ships or land to be heard. They told the navy that they survived because they had packed a water purifier and enough food for a year, mostly dried goods like oatmeal and pasta.A photo provided by the navy shows Fuiaba smiling as a sailor greets her dog, Zeus, aboard the USS Ashland. The women received a medical assessment, food and beds aboard the ship, where they will remain until the next port of call, the navy said. Appel’s mother told that she never gave up hope that her resourceful daughter would be found. Joyce Appel, 75, who lives in Houston, said she got a call from her daughter early Thursday morning more than 5 months after they had last spoke.
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