Rescued Sailors in Hot Water? Emergency Beacon Never Used

Are holes starting to appear in the accounts of the two rescued Hawaiian sailors?

People are beginning to question Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava's testimonies of their harrowing rescue following 5 months being lost at sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard has stated that in their review of the event, it was discovered that their boat was equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).  

Curiously, the two mariners never turned it on once they got marooned.

Appel and Fuiava claimed that they had six communication devices with them once they embarked, but they all died at about the same time.

However, the EPIRB should have still been functional.

Retired Coast Guard officer Phillip R. Johnson spoke with the Associated Press to explain about the EPIRB, but also questioning the possibility that it wasn't usable during the five-month ordeal:

"If the thing was operational and it was turned on, a signal should have been received very, very quickly that this vessel was in distress...Failures are really rare...I've never heard of all that stuff going out at the same time." - Retired Coast Guard Officer Phillip R. Johnson

Watch the footage of the moment Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiva (and their dog) were rescued:

Read more about the new-found inconsistencies at the LA Times

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