Sunken Dreams Reply

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Alyssa Manson

Have you ever been so desperate for a fresh start, a new beginning, a new life, that you’d go as far as selling all your possessions to have enough money to accomplish that goal of a new beginning?

Chances are, you can’t even imagine being that forlorn. Well, one couple was and their plan for a better life was sunk.

Nikki Walsh, 24, and her boyfriend Tanner Broadwell, 26, decided about a year ago that they were tired of working.

“How can we live our lives when we’re working most of the day and you have to pay so much just to live?” Walsh, who booked timeshare tours for a living told the New York Post. “Most of the work you do goes to your home. There has to be another option,” she insisted.

So with hopes of a fresh start, the Colorado couple sold all their furniture and their SUV, and purchased a 49-year-old boat in Alabama to live on and planned to eventually to sail the world. The couple moved and planned to live on the 28-foot boat which was in the marina of Tarpon Springs, a town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and lived there for two months with each other and their two-year-old pug, Remy, while they stocked up on supplies and food.

“We were pretty prepared,” Walsh said, gathering items to last them for their planned trip to the Caribbean. However, the couple was not prepared for what happened next. Approximately two days into their adventure, the couple’s boat capsized in a channel of water called John’s Pass. Local boat captains say that the sandbars often shift in John’s Pass, the Post reported. “We started freaking out because waves were coming, and it was tossing our boat back and forth,” Walsh told the Post. Her boyfriend, Broadwell, was at the rear of the boat, holding onto Remy when the trouble hit.

“My hands were shaking. We were terrified,” Walsh said.” Before abandoning the ship, Walsh said they grabbed some clothes and important documents, as well as things for their pug. “I also grabbed Remy’s food and just about everything he needed,” said Walsh, “He doesn’t deserve to leave without his favorite toys,” Walsh admitted she and her boyfriend were new to sailing.

However, the couple, who have been left with only $90 in cash, no jobs, and no boat insurance, say they are still hopeful for their world sailing plans and have started a GoFundMe asking people to help them “not give up on their dreams.” The pair is seeking 10,000 to rescue the ship, which sank off the coast of Madeira Beach, FL. Walsh said raising the boat alone will cost at least $6,700. “We have a lot of family helping us,” quotes Walsh, “but it’s hard when you’ve lost everything.” The couple is currently staying with family.

Though the pair seems down and out, they still plan to “buy or salvage” another boat and try again.

“You only have one life. Why spend it doing what you don’t love. Money isn’t everything!” Walsh told the Post.


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