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Everything they had sunk with their boat. Will $11,000 be enough to try again?

Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, sold everything they had in Colorado, bought an old sailboat and set out to sail around the Caribbean with their 2-year-old Pug, Remy. Their boat sank Feb. 7 at John's Pass
Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24, sold everything they had in Colorado, bought an old sailboat and set out to sail around the Caribbean with their 2-year-old Pug, Remy. Their boat sank Feb. 7 at John's Pass Tampa Bay Times

The couple who left their jobs and sold it all to buy a boat and sail the Caribbean — only to watch it sink to the bottom of John’s Pass on the second day of the voyage — has now raised more money than the boat cost via GoFundMe.

Their campaign — titled Couple’s Sunken Dreams — surpassed its $10,000 goal in just three days. They raised more than $11,000 by Monday afternoon through hundreds of online donations ranging from $5 to $400.

Tanner Broadwell, 26, Nikki Walsh, 24, and their 2-year-old pug Remy were forced to abandon ship last week when their 28-foot sailboat the Lagniappe struck something, flooded and capsized in John’s Pass near Madeira Beach.

They said they purchased the boat for $5,000 and spent another $5,000 preparing it for the voyage while living at Mar Marina in Tarpon Springs. They told the Tampa Bay Times that all their possessions, as well as their entire savings, went down with the ship, leaving them with about $90 in cash, his ID and her cellphone.

The Coast Guard also told the couple they need to remove the sunken boat, which could cost up to $10,000.

"Right now, we’re just trying to figure out how to get the boat out of the water, and it looks like we’ll be able to do that this week," Broadwell said Monday. "We’re extremely thankful. There’s a lot of people who want to see us succeed, and that feels really good."

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