In the story of two American women, who were rescued after a five-month drift in the Pacific, found some inconsistencies. The representative of the US Coast Guard reported this in an interview with the Associated Press.
The interlocutor of the agency recalled that, according to Jennifer Appel and Tashi Fuaba, on May 3, the first day of their trip on a yacht, they fell into a violent storm in the Hawaiian Islands.
However, the weather services at the beginning of the month did not record such weather phenomena in this region. Pictures from NASA satellites also confirm that there were no tropical storms near the islands at that time, the Associated Press adds.
In addition, according to a representative of the Coast Guard, the testimony of the girls that there was no suitable harbor around them after the storm was not true.
For example, Christmas Island, owned by Kiribati, accepts large commercial vessels.
Also, the Coast Guard drew attention to the fact that the Americans did not include the emergency lighthouse that was on their yacht. Moreover, in June the service contacted the boat, Appel and Fuab reported that they were all right and in a month they plan to moor to the shore. Earlier, however, they claimed that at that time they no longer had equipment.
American amphibious ship “Ashland” on October 27 discovered a yacht with two residents of Honolulu and two dogs 900 miles from Japan. Appel and Fuab decided to swim independently from the Hawaiian Islands to Tahiti, but they said that during the storm the engine broke down, a strong wind carried them to the open ocean.