Only missed by 5000 miles, or so, and 120°, more or less......
Very curious to hear more details if any become available. Presumably there was no EPIRB or sat phone. If they relied on the engine to power their chartplotter, phones etc. and didn't have the means or ability to do celestial nav then I could see where they run out of navigation at some point and don't have a reliable fix on their position for months.
One also wonders how much sailing they did and whether anything happened there. Did they sky or chafe the main halyard and not have the ability to get up the mast and put on a new one and then just drift the rest of the way? Or were they sailing the whole time and drifting way off intended course, and only put down the sails for the rescue?
One wonders what their electricity triage situation was, and whether they could at least use that wind generator to juice up the phone or chartplotter and at least figure out where they were.
Looks like an old Columbia/Coronado 45?...''Appel said they survived thanks to water purifiers and a year's supply of dry food on board, including rice, pasta and oatmeal, according to the Navy.''
so, uhhh, doesn't the watermaker require the engine to operate, at least to power batteries ?
Perhaps there's a wind-powered generator. :mellow: