Tanker Vessel Finds Safe for Missing Boaters and Their Dog

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Officials have confirmed that the two New Jersey sailors, who disappeared more than ten days ago, were safe. 

Kevin Hyde, 64, and Joe DiTommasso, 76, and their pet dog will now be reunited with their family, thanks to the Silver Muna, a tanker vessel who came across their ship, the Atrevida II.

Their Catalina sailboat of 30 feet was finally located 214 miles east from Delaware. It was without fuel and power. This rendered their radios inoperable and navigation equipment useless.

“Their generator was not working, their radio was not working,” Natalie, DiTomasso’s daughter, told CBS News. “No cellphone charges. The last time we know they picked up food, I believe was around Dec. 3. So low on provisions, so I cannot even imagine what they been through.”

CBS News reported that Nina and Nina believed they were dreaming when they got the call that their father was safe.

“This is an excellent example of the maritime community’s combined efforts to ensure safety of life at sea,” Commander Daniel Schrader, a spokesman with the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, said in a Statement announcing their Return. “We are overjoyed with the outcome of the case and look forward to reuniting Mr. Hyde and Mr. Ditomasso with their family and friends.”

The U.S Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic reported earlier this week that the couple and their boat were both in danger. “overdue.” They had been travelling from Cape May, New Jersey, to Marathon, Florida, and last departed the Oregon Inlet in North Carolina when they lost contact on Dec. 3.

“My dad is notorious for losing his cellphone or his charger,”Nina DiTomasso spoke. “So in the beginning, we weren’t super stressed. We just thought, ‘typical dad,’ and then as it got closer to this past weekend is when we really became concerned.”

The Coast Guard then broadcast the missing ship’s information to all vessels in the area in an attempt to locate them, ultimately searching a combined 21,164-square miles of water between northern Florida and New Jersey when the tanker vessel finally discovered them.

Both men looked in good health. They will stay onboard the Silver Muna to New York until they reach its next port. Then, they will travel home to their loved ones.

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