After Couple's Dream Life Sinks, Fundraisers Come to the Rescue
Imagine selling all of your belongings, buying bought a boat and sailing around the world. It sounds like something you'd do if you won the lottery or retired, right?
That's what 24-year-old Nikki Walsh and her 26-year-old boyfriend Tanner Broadwell did when they left their jobs and home in Breckenridge, Colorado, last year and sold it all to buy a boat and sail the Caribbean.
They ran into one slight problem: Their boat sank just 2 days in to their cruise. They were forced to abandon ship when their boat struck something, then flooded and capsized.
Local boat captains say sandbars often shift in the channel in John's Pass where the sailboat capsized.
Having spent $5,000 for the boat and then another $5,000 prepping it for their voyage, the couple lost all their possessions as well as their entire savings when the ship went down.
Thanks to a GoFundMe page, the couple was able to raise more than the boat originally cost, more than $15,000 in just a few days.
Broadwell said his plan for the money is to "continue the dream" of sailing the world and living abroad in a boat.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this story.