Boston, Mass., Dec 16, 2022 / 13:40 pm
When Joe Ditomasso, 76, and Kevin Hyde, 65, boarded their 30-foot sailboat in Cape May, New Jersey, and headed for the Florida Keys, the two friends were looking forward to an adventure.
As things would turn out, what began as a joyful sailing trip begun on Thanksgiving weekend unexpectedly became a living nightmare.
Suddenly the sky darkened, and their small boat was buffeted by a massive storm. High winds and giant waves rocked the boat, snapping its mast. The two men and their canine companion Minnie were lost at sea with very little food and water, no fuel, and no power to operate radios and navigation equipment.
What kept Ditomasso going? “My granddaughter. And the cross of Jesus.”