Boat Sinks With All Of Couple’s Belongings, Hopes, And Dreams.
According to The Miami Herald, Couple Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh gave up everything for a chance at an easier, non-traditional life at sea. The couple both quit their jobs in Colorado and sold most of their material things to buy a cheap boat for $5,000. They then put in about that same amount of money into repairs the boat before they were actually able to sail away. The couple had dreams of sailing to the caribbean after a few months of working in a boat yard in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
The couple ran into trouble after they decided to head to Key West from Tarpon Springs. They were sailing into Johns Pass to anchor for the night when the boat hit a submerged object in the water.
And did they manage to escape with 'nothing but the shirts on their backs'? Nope, not even that. Only Nikki was wearing a shirt when they forced to abandon ship. All the couple managed to grab was some cash, his I.D., her cell phone, and their 2 year old pug, Remy.
But wait, there’s more! The coastguard has also told the couple that they are responsible for removing the sunken boat from the water, a feat that could cost them about $10,000. Nothing too crazy for ol’ Tanner and Nicki, whose combined assets now add up to about $90.
Neither of the two had sailing experience, or apparently insurance. This is where all the potential jokes could come in. But instead we'll leave you with this: the tale does have somewhat of a happy ending. Tanner and Nikki’s story went viral and raised so much sympathy, that they were actually able to make back a big chunk of their costs via GoFundMe. They say that anything extra will go into helping rebuild their dreams.
The boat may has seen it's last days, but It looks like Tanner and Nikki will sail again -- hopefully with insurance this time.