Sailboat stuck on Big Marco Pass starts decaying 4 months later
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Paul van Gils and his wife Claudia set sail back in December in hopes to go around the world, now that’s a long-lost dream as their sailboat is still stuck on Big Marco Pass four months later.
Sailing was a part of who they were. Now, it’s a haunting memory of a near-death experience, a nightmare van Gils said they are still living in.
After Towboat US failed to rescue their sailboat, the company’s towboat sank in the process.
“This is very traumatizing for us, and I am not interested in sailing now, I’m not interested in being out on the water because of how traumatizing this situation was for us,” van Gils said.
Now, this nightmare continues for van Gils as this has turned into a legal battle.
“They are not taking responsibility for it, they just want to fight, they don’t want to spend the money on what it costs to make us whole again,” van Gils said.
Now, the boat is decaying off Sand Dollar Island.
Van Gils just wants all this to be over, and he is keeping his mast high in hopes one day to hop back on board to do what he loves most.
“I’d like to get another boat and replace all my personal belongings, tools, and parts that’s it,” van Gils said. “I want to go sailing again and see if I can get back into that because that’s my whole life.”
We reached out to Towboat US but have not heard back.
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