Colorado Couple’s Life Savings Go Down With Sunken Sailboat

By Zack Stieber

A couple who sold most of their belongings in the hopes of buying a boat and sailing around the world hit an obstacle when their boat sank the day after they left.

Nikki Walsh, 24, and Tanner Broadwell, 26, said they prepared for months before setting off on the trip, which was slated to last one year.

“[We] had planned for a year to buy a sailboat, live on it and sail to the Carribean. Our future plans were to sail the world one day,” Walsh wrote on GoFundMe.

“We sold all of our belongings and car to buy our 28ft sailboat and moved into it with our 2-year-old pug, Remy. We finally got the boat ready for our trip to Key West from Tarpon Springs Florida after working in a boatyard and delivering boats for a few months we left with food and supplies,” she continued.

“The next day we motored into Johns Pass to anchor for the night and ran into a submerged object in the water and our dreams and hard work sank beneath us so fast. We lost every single one of our belongings with no insurance, but we all made it to land alive & we are not giving up on our dreams!” she wrote.

(GoFundMe)
(GoFundMe)

Broadwell told ABC that the boat sank in about 8 or 9 feet of water.

They only had time to grab their social security cards, cash, and a few clothes.

“Everything I’ve worked for, everything I’ve owned since I was a child, I brought with me. It’s just floating away and there’s nothing I can do,” recalled Walsh.

The couple had no sailing experience before planning their trip, reported The Tampa Bay Times.

The couple asked people for $10,000 through GoFundMe, to get the ship out of the water.

Anything extra would go toward a new boat.

“We can’t just give up on our dreams,” Walsh said.

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