US women reveal they had to abandon towing attempt by Taiwanese vessel after it caused more damage to their stricken boat

Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific for months set foot on solid ground Monday at a US Naval base in southern Japan.

The USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs about 1,450km (900 miles) south-east of Japan, and brought them to America’s White Beach naval facility after waiting for a typhoon to pass.

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