US women lost at sea for 5 months describe their ordeal

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs arrived safely at a U.S. Naval base in Japan and Appel said she started "shaking" when she and Fuiava saw a U.S. Navy ship coming to their rescue.
2:05 | 10/30/17

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??? We are back with that rescue at sea. The two women and their dogs who were lost for five months before being saved by the U.S. Navy are now opening up about their harrowing ordeal and gio Benitez here with the story. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you. What was supposed to be a fun trip to tahiti was a nightmare for almost five months. Now revealing one lost 70 pounds lost at sea. They weren't sure if they'd make it another 24 hours. After five months adrift at sea two sailors and their dogs miraculously rescued. When we saw the Navy we were like, yes! We had tears going down our eye, okay, they see us. Reporter: The drama began for the two women when they were attempting a pleasure sail from Hawaii to tahiti. But shortly after they departed a massive storm hit crippling their engine, damaging their boat. Their water purifier broke. Sharks starting ramming their vessel. Distress calls and signal flares went unanswered. Fortunately they had packed every square inch of their boat with food. But the food quickly dwindling. 90% of it gone. They were drifting aimlessly 900 miles off the coast of Japan thinking the end was near. But then suddenly a Taiwanese fishing boat spotted the duo and alerted the Navy. Had they not been able to locate us we would have been dead within 24 hours. Reporter: The women grateful to be alive and they believe one day they will be reunited with the boat that kept them safe for more than 150 days. I feel confident after a force 11 storm, two shark attacks and more than 9,000 miles in the pacific ocean that that hull will still be floating when we find it. Reporter: Yeah, you know what, the ship itself was actually left behind after the rescue. It's still lost at sea right now. But they say they hope to find it, fix it and then sail it back to Hawaii. Good luck with that. Why do you think they only had 24 hours left. In the final days they said the boat was so badly damaged they thought it could sink. When they said the sharks could hear them and smell them on board. That is so scary. Glad the dogs are okay too. Yes, the dogs. Coming up crossing the line,

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