Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh, A US couple set sail for the Caribbean on Tuesday. Their dream sank on Wednesday.
A young couple who said goodbye to the working world in favor of a simpler life on the water realized their dream, leaving Colorado when they sold everything they owned and bought a 28-foot sailboat. It soon turned into a nightmare, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, moved to the Florida Gulf Coast and worked odd jobs until they could outfit and stock the Lagniappe for the start of their voyage. The couple and their 2-year-old pug, Remy, set sail Tuesday (Feb. 6) from Tarpon Springs, heading to Key West. The next day, the boat sank in John’s Pass.
The man and woman were rescued but were able to save only their dog and what they could put in their pockets. It turns out that while Broadwell and Walsh possessed a strong sense of adventure, neither had meaningful sailing experience. Plus, they think their navigational maps didn’t account for channel changes after Hurricane Irma.