The US Navy subsequently posted a video of their rescue of the women, who survived their ordeal thanks to bringing with them more a year's supply of food along with water purifyers.
"Various things on her boat broke, the mast broke and the engine wouldn't start when she needed power".
"It was very depressing, and it was very hopeless", she said.
Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba had set off in a small sailing boat from Hawaii on a trip to Tahiti when their engine, damaged by the bad weather, failed. "So she had several problems that caused her to end up drifting in the ocean", Jennifer Appel's mother Joyce said.
Appel and Fujaba had been lost at sea since 30 May. "They saved our lives". "The pride and grins we had when we saw [U.S. Navy] upcoming was unadulterated alleviation".
"I'm grateful for their service to our country".
"The two proceeded with the calls every day, except they were not sufficiently close to different vessels or shore stations to get them", the Navy said.
Both described a chilling experience with sharks surrounding the sailboat.
When asked whether she thought they might die, Appel responded that it was only human to believe that.
"There is a true humility to wondering if today is your last day", Appel added.
On Tuesday, a Taiwanese fishing vessel came across their sailboat, "well off its original course". The fishing vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Guam who then coordinated with Taipei Rescue Coordination Center, the Japan Coordination Center, and the Joint Coordination Center in Honolulu to render assistance. After assessing the sailboat unseaworthy, Ashland crew members brought the distressed mariners and their two dogs aboard the ship at 1:18 p.m.
Appel and Fujaba were given medical treatment, food and a place to sleep aboard USS Ashland.
Photos distributed by the Navy show the women smiling aboard the warship.
In a phone call with news media from the Ashland, Appel said they had sent a distress signal for 98 days with no response. Zeus the dog appears in good spirits, if a bit skinny.