Couple rescued after sticking to capsized boat three times

Husband and wife tied their capsized boat in the Atlantic Ocean – 65 miles off the coast of New Jersey – for three hours after leaving the Bahamas.

  • Peter Bailey and Heidi Snyder appeared to cling to the hull of their 55-foot boat named Bertie on Wednesday evening
  • The US Coast Guard received a signal from the boat when it was about 65 miles off the Atlantic City coast in New Jersey
  • The sailboat had traveled from the Bahamas to New York when it encountered stormy conditions
  • The couple, who had been sailing the world for two years, had clung to the boat for three hours when they were rescued.
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A man and a woman spent three hours on their capsized boat in the Atlantic Ocean after they sailed from the Bahamas to New York City.

The US Coast Guard received a satellite distress signal from the 55-foot ship named Bertie on Wednesday night when it was about 65 miles off the coast of Atlantic City in New Jersey.

Peter Bailey and Heidi Snyder were sailing from New York from the Bahamas when they encountered stormy conditions.

They have sailed the world for the past two years.

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The US Coast Guard received a satellite distress signal from the 55-foot ship named Bertie on Wednesday night when it was about 65 miles off the Atlantic City coast in New Jersey

The US Coast Guard received a satellite distress signal from the 55-foot ship named Bertie on Wednesday night when it was about 65 miles off the Atlantic City coast in New Jersey

Bailey and Snyder said they were suddenly hit by a & # 39; white squall & # 39 ;, a violent storm at sea.

& # 39; We were literally flooded and swallowed under 60 seconds; water rushed in and we were catapulted from the boat and into the ocean & they wrote on a GoFundMe page.

& # 39; We could climb up to the bottom of the boat and see if we could dive to the emergency primer device. No luck, it just wasn't within reach for the breath we had.

& # 39; About 30 minutes later the boat started rolling up again, making the port side accessible and we miraculously grabbed the epirb in sight and activated. & # 39;

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The couple said this was the last sacrifice the boat gave them.

& # 39; Peter built Bertie with his own hands and poured years of blood, sweat and tears into her being, & # 39; they said.

Peter Bailey and Heidi Snyder were sailing from New York from the Bahamas when they encountered stormy conditions. They have sailed the world for the past two years

Peter Bailey and Heidi Snyder were sailing from New York from the Bahamas when they encountered stormy conditions. They have sailed the world for the past two years

Peter Bailey and Heidi Snyder were sailing from New York from the Bahamas when they encountered stormy conditions. They have sailed the world for the past two years

A coast guard rescue swimmer followed a flashing flashlight and saw Bailey and Snyder cling to the hull of their capsized boat

A coast guard rescue swimmer followed a flashing flashlight and saw Bailey and Snyder cling to the hull of their capsized boat

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A coast guard rescue swimmer followed a flashing flashlight and saw Bailey and Snyder cling to the hull of their capsized boat

& # 39; Everything we owned was lost by the sea … our trade tools, telephones, computers, passports, important documents, artworks, photography equipment, photos, travel memories, home things … everything .

& # 39; We had literally one minute from the moment the storm hit until we were thrown from the boat. & # 39;

After receiving the distress signal, the coastguard launched a helicopter from Atlantic City and a plane from North Carolina. They also launched a coastguard ship to help with the rescue.

A rescue swimmer followed a flashing flash of light and saw Bailey and Snyder cling to the hull of their capsized boat.

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The couple was hoisted aboard the helicopter before being taken to the nearby hospital.

After receiving the distress signal, the coastguard launched a helicopter from Atlantic City and placed the capsized boat (bottom left) about 65 miles off the coast

After receiving the distress signal, the coastguard launched a helicopter from Atlantic City and placed the capsized boat (bottom left) about 65 miles off the coast

After receiving the distress signal, the coastguard launched a helicopter from Atlantic City and placed the capsized boat (bottom left) about 65 miles off the coast

The couple was hoisted aboard the helicopter before being taken to the nearby hospital. The couple reported on a GoFundMe page that they failed to escape the ordeal

The couple was hoisted aboard the helicopter before being taken to the nearby hospital. The couple reported on a GoFundMe page that they failed to escape the ordeal

The couple was hoisted aboard the helicopter before being taken to the nearby hospital. The couple reported on a GoFundMe page that they failed to escape the ordeal

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They said they arrived at the hospital with & # 39; nothing but our life and only the clothes on our back & # 39 ;.

& # 39; We are very thankful that we are still alive, incurring no injuries and having family that we love and love and that is the most important part of this whole story & they said.

One of the helicopter pilots, Lt. Anthony Monteforte said the rescue was challenging due to weather conditions.

& # 39; This was an extremely challenging hoist due to on-site conditions, but the entire team came together to work together as a team to get the job done, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; I am immensely proud of my crew and all the other assets that helped with this rescue and grateful that the survivors on board used a currently registered EPIRB (Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon) so that we could find them quickly. & # 39;

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey

Heidi Snyder

Heidi Snyder

Peter Bailey and Heidi Snyder (both depicted on the boat) had traveled the world for two years. It was believed that the trip from the Bahamas to New York was until the last

They said that Bailey had built Bertie with his own hands and poured & # 39; years of blood, sweat and tears into her & # 39; before she capsized on Wednesday

They said that Bailey had built Bertie with his own hands and poured & # 39; years of blood, sweat and tears into her & # 39; before she capsized on Wednesday

They said that Bailey had built Bertie with his own hands and poured & # 39; years of blood, sweat and tears into her & # 39; before she capsized on Wednesday

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