“We Were Lost at Sea” For 20 Hours!

Reality star Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy had to be rescued by the Coast Guard when a giant wave swept their boat off course.

Okay, you’ve read the headline and lead-in but the whole story that follows is very strange. 

I ran across this story by accident but thought it was worth commenting on. The story itself was written by Donna Kaufman and posted on Ivillage.com. I should make clear that in no way am I commenting on the author’s writing or reporting style or the accuracy of the story. I’m simply analyzing the reported series of events as I would if I were asked to testify as an expert witness with a weird sense of humor.

While her former castmates on The Real Housewives of New York City were reeling from the recent firings, Bethenny Frankel was reeling from something much scarier: a giant wave that swept her sailboat far off course! The reality star and husband Jason Hoppy were supposed to be on a leisurely eight-hour voyage this past weekend, but instead they spent 20 panicked hours lost at sea. Really, lost at sea! Check out this google map (“A” is Nantucket and “B” is block Island) Once you have looked at the Larger Map hit the back button.

“The captain had to call the Coast Guard and we were hit by a big wave,” Frankel tells E! Online. The Coast Guard was called and THEN they were hit by a big wave?  “It was very scary. It was traumatic… We were in the middle of the deep sea with no land or anybody near us.”  No land or anybody near, check out that google map again. The boat was equipped with a GPS system, but a malfunction left the boat’s passengers clueless about how to get back to land. The “Captain” didn’t know how to get back to land? …Turn north Dude!

 After hours of drifting between Nantucket and Block Island, the crew was guided back to shore by the Coast Guard at 4 a.m. What, no wind, no engine? All that time, says Frankel, there was only one thing on her mind: her 16-month-old baby Bryn.

“I was thinking, Oh, my God, Bryn! I’m not going to be there at six o’clock in the morning when she wakes up and she’s going to wonder where Mommy is and gosh, if something were to happen to me, what would happen to her,” says Frankel. “I was having horrendous thoughts.” So just so I understand, the 16 month old child was left alone asleep and they were worried they wouldn’t make it back until after the child awoke?

After what she dubbed on Twitter “the worst night of my life,” Frankel writes that she made it home to enjoy “a quiet morning with Bryn.” But the harrowing adventure should make for a dramatic third season of Bethenny’s Bravo reality show Bethenny Ever After: The entire camera crew was on board the ship with her. Oh!…I got it the entire camera crew was onboard. Enough said.

Interestingly enough I just read another story of a guy who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for making a false distress call to the USCG. Hope the reality show’s budget has money set aside to reimburse the USCG for this call and search and rescue.


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