Couple sells everything for Florida sailboat venture, it sinks on day 2

They sold everything to follow their boat dreams, but an accident took them off course in 2 days

On their way to Key West, Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh's journey ended abruptly off Madeira Beach, Florida, when their sailboat hit something underwater Wednesday night.

"We got so exhausted of that lifestyle, of doing things to make people do the things they don't want to do", said Tanner Broadwell, 26, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The duo left Colorado previous year after they sold all their belongings, which included a auto, so they could buy the boat for $5,0000.

A couple who sold all of their worldly possessions to sail around the world have lost everything after their boat sank two days in.

"Like the 13th donut in a dozen", he explained. They paid $5,000 for a 1969 Columbia sailboat in Alabama, fixed up the vessel with another $5,000, and named it "Lagniappe", which means "bonus" in Creole.

The couple had zero sailing experience, but Broadwell's father helped them get from the point of purchase to their eventual launching location.

Even with no savings and no place to live, the couple said they're not giving up on sailing again one day.

"We met a bunch of good people".

Broadwell and Walsh docked the boat in May in Tarpon Springs, and prepped for their trip while docked at Mar Marina.

They grabbed their social security cards, some cash, and a few clothes.

'I know I probably sounded like a insane person to them, ' Walsh said.

Once Sea Tow finally arrived, their ship was already immersed in close to 10 feet of water, and ready capsize. Walsh was almost thrown from the deck as she was helping Broadwell guide the boat with a light.

It was dark and foggy as they tried to navigate the channel, the Times reports.

The boat began to flood.

"Everything I've worked for, everything I've owned since I was a child, I brought with me".

Sea Tow told the pair they would be there in 40 minutes.

"I ran down stairs", Walsh said.

"We've also had several experienced captains hit that from time to time when there's been big storms and they try to get into the inlet and they don't hit the buoy just right", said Kenny Keen, a local charter boat captain. The Lagniappe was sinking in about 9-feet deep water, due to which the rescue boat had issues reaching the couple's vessel as the water was too shallow. Broadwell's mother helped them get an Uber, which took them to a cheap motel.

"We have a lot of family helping us, but it's hard when you've lost everything", Walsh told the New York Post.

"I'm not going to give up now. I'm going to get another boat down the road", Broadwell said.

"I could sit here and wallow in it, but I still want that dream and I still want to travel", Walsh said.

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