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Religious Family Sails Away from US, Gets Lost at Sea for 91 Days

Hannah Gastonguay and her husband took their two children on a small boat and tried to sail to the island nation of Kiribati earlier this year.

The Fork, Ariz., family was apparently upset with the United States because of abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the “state-controlled church."

First, they moved to San Diego, where they lived on their boat and prepared for their trip to Kiribati, which is between Hawaii and Australia.

The Gastonguays set sail with their 3-year-old daughter Ardith and newborn baby Rahab in May.

However, their boat was damaged by numerous storms and a large Canadian cargo ship, which offered them supplies.

The family was lost in the Pacific Ocean for 91 days before finally being rescued by a Venezuelan fishing boat.

“The captain said, ‘Do you know where you’re at? You’re in the middle of nowhere,’” said mom Hannah Gastonguay to the Associated Press.

She added that her family “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us.”

“We didn’t want to go anywhere big,” Gastonguay said, whose family chose Kiribati because it was “one of the least developed countries in the world.”

The mom of two added that U.S. “churches aren’t their own" and that she and her husband were “forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don’t agree with.”

From the Venezuelan fishing boat, they were transferred to a Japanese cargo ship, which took them to Chile. They then sought help from the very country they had fled, the United States.

U.S. Embassy officials in Chile have arranged for the family to be flown home.

Source: Associated Press

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