Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava had planned to sail from Hawaii to Taihiti, but Fuiava had never sailed before

The two women who were rescued by the US navy after five months adrift in the Pacific have admitted they were not properly prepared for the trip and that one of them was a novice sailor.

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava, who set off from Hawaii in May, were spotted on Tuesday by a Taiwanese fishing vessel. Their 50-foot boat was 900 miles (1,500km) off Japan and thousands of miles away from their planned destination of Tahiti.

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