They were sailing off North Carolina in December when their sailboat, Atrevida II, a Catalina 30 (9.14 m), was caught in a storm.
Shipwrecked for 10 days
They were adrift for ten days in the Atlantic, with a broken mast, without gasoline to use the engine, running out of water: until they were rescued, by chance, by an oil tanker.
It could have ended very badly in the misadventure of Kevin Hyde and Joe DiTomasso, they literally “disappeared” while-with a dog also on board-were sailing from Cape May to Florida, off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
“We were sailing, and we were having fun,” Hyde recounted £while we were heading toward Cape Hatteras a huge storm took us off course and blew the mast off our boat.”
The boat lost power and fuel.“At that point we were pushed further and further out to sea,” Hyde said.
Shipwrecked people saved by beans
The nightmare began. The two men had little food and had run out of water. “We had no water for two days,” DiTomasso said. “Fortunately, I had bought canned beans. And the best part about the beans was that they had water in them. They were submerged in water. And we took one sip at a time.”
Men have described frightening waves. “You people cannot understand what 50-foot waves look like,” DiTomasso said.
The recovery of the castaways
The U.S. Coast Guard was informed that the two sailors were overdue Sunday and began a search that extended from North Florida waters to New Jersey.
Video of the recovery:
But it was the crew of the tanker Silver Muna who spotted the Atrevida II about 214 miles east of Delaware, ten days after Hyde and DiTomasso were reported missing.
Coincidentally, a crew member of the Silver Muna spotted the sailboat even though it was “a toothpick” (Hyde’s words) compared to the tanker. The two men and the dog were recovered on board the tanker. And the boat is also saved.
For those who would like to listen to the account (in English) of the castaways, this video is available