We had quickly become friends with their family, Dan, Joan, and Cole (their grown son), in the Marqueses. Dan and Joan treated us as if we were their kids. We have been doing hikes, snorkeling, and socializing with them since. On our passage from Bora Bora to Samoa we were within few miles of each other for the passage and in contact twice a day. We were both headed for Apia. W. Samoa. On the last night out their main halyard chafed through, as it was a roudy passage. They were forced to pull in early to Pago Pago, American Samoa. We continued on. They were preparing to depart for Fiji in a few days after repair were finished. Pago Pago bore the main force of the tsunami created by the 8.3 earthquake on Sunday. Unfortunately, what we gather from the email is that Danny went down to the boat, or was still on it when the water started to go out. He was loosing the lines on the dock. Then the water came back in. She said he didn't have chance...
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