Missing boaters found: 2 rescued sailors describe 10-day ordeal with no fuel, no mast, no water

NEW YORK — Two men missing in the Atlantic for 10 days after a storm hit their sailboat off North Carolina thanked the crew of the tanker that rescued them and said they were lucky to have survived.

“By a bizarre coincidence,” a crew member of the Silver Muna spotted the sailboat Tuesday off the Delaware coast, despite being “a toothpick” compared to the tanker, rescued seaman Kevin Hyde said at a news conference Wednesday.

Hyde, 65, praised the Silver Muna’s lookout protocol. “Their training paid off and they found us,” he said.

Hyde, Joe DiTomasso and a dog were sailing from New Jersey to Florida when the men lost touch with their families on December 3 off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Hyde said after he, DiTomasso and the dog were brought ashore in New York City on Wednesday that the couple were “sailing along, having a good time” and heading towards Cape Hatteras when a huge storm blew them off course and the Mast blew from their boat, the Atrevida II.

The boat also lost power and fuel. “So at that point we were being pushed further and further out to sea,” Hyde said.

The men had little to eat and no water. “We didn’t have water for two days,” DiTomasso said. “And I bought these beans. And the best thing about the beans was that they contained water. They were soaked in water.

The men described fearsome waves. “You don’t know what 40-foot waves look like,” DiTomasso said. “How tall is this building? How tall is the roof?”

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified Sunday that the sailors were overdue and began a search that stretched waters from northern Florida to New Jersey, Coast Guard officials said in a news release.

But it was the crew of the Silver Muna who spotted the Atrevida II about 214 miles (344 kilometers) east of Delaware on Tuesday.

“This is an excellent example of the maritime community’s concerted effort to ensure the safety of life at sea,” said Cmdr. Coast Guard Atlantic Area spokesman Daniel Schrader said.

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