Ever wonder what happened to the two women, Tasha Fuiava (pictured, left) and Jennifer Appel (pictured, right), and their two dogs, who were “lost at sea”? They were rescued in October around the same time as Astoria’s drifting sailor, Rimas Meleshyus.
A few days later, their story was questioned by almost every media outlet on the planet, and few believed their tale. Well, the ladies have been busy since coming home. And are very angry about how their story was handled. They started a GoFundMe campaign, “Truth in Media,” “to pursue the media who omitted and obfuscated the facts surrounding our excursion in the Pacific Ocean.”
Unfortunately, nobody seems to be jumping on their bandwagon, as in a month they have only received $15 of their $50,000 goal. They may be short on donations, but Appel says the hate emails have been pouring over the transom at a steady rate.
To be fair, if you want to hear what the ladies consider to be an accurate account of their travails, check out their podcast interview with “Mr. Clean” on the Sailing Anarchy forum, “Two Girls, One Mess” (tinyurl.com/2girls1mess). As Appel insists, “you can only get the real deal from them.”