Two sailors who were rescued from the Atlantic Ocean after being missing for ten days after a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina destroyed their sailboat expressed their gratitude to the crew of the tanker that came to their aid and acknowledged the good fortune that allowed them to live.
At a press conference on Wednesday, the sailor who was rescued said that a member of the crew of the Silver Muna happened to spot the sailboat off the coast of Delaware on Tuesday, despite the fact that the sailboat was “a toothpick” in comparison to the tanker. “By some bizarre chance,” the crew member saw the sailboat.
Hyde, who is 65 years old, lauded the lookout procedure on the Silver Muna. He stated that their training had paid off and that they had located us.
On December 3, near the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Hyde, Joe DiTomasso, and a pet dog were sailing from New Jersey to Florida when the men suddenly lost contact with their family.
Speaking after he, DiTomasso, and the dog were brought ashore in New York City on Wednesday, Hyde said that the pair were “sailing along, having a good time” and headed toward Cape Hatteras when a massive storm blew them off course and blew the mast off their boat, which was the Atrevida II. Hyde also said that the pair were headed toward Cape Hatteras when the storm occurred.
The boat also stopped receiving power and ran out of gasoline. “At that point, we were just being driven out to sea farther and more,” Hyde added. “So that was the situation.”
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The men had a limited supply of food, and they eventually ran out of water. DiTomasso stated that they did not have access to water for a period of two days. “And I purchased these beans,” she said. The fact that the beans also contained water was the absolute nicest thing about them. They were saturated with water all over. And we’re just having little sips here and there.”
The men spoke of waves that were terrifying. “Youse doesn’t know what it looks like when there are waves that are 40 feet tall,” DiTomasso remarked. “How many stories does this building have? “At what height does the roof reach?”
According to a news release issued by the United States Coast Guard, they were made aware on Sunday that the sailors had not been seen for some time and immediately initiated a search that encompassed the waterways all the way from northern Florida to New Jersey.
On Tuesday, however, it was the crew of the Silver Muna that was the ones to spot the Atrevida II some 214 miles east of Delaware.
According to Cmdr. Daniel Schrader, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, “This is a wonderful example of the maritime community’s concerted efforts to protect the safety of life at sea.”