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Help Bertie Sank In A Squall !

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Raised by 245 people in 19 days
Created May 30, 2019
At approximately 8 pm on the evening of Wednesday, May 29th, our home and sailboat, The Bertie, was knocked down by a "White Squall," and capsized, 65 miles offshore of the New Jersey coast. We were literally swamped and swallowed under within 60 seconds; water rushed in and we were catapulted off the boat and into the ocean. We were able to climb up on to the bottom of the boat and see if we could dive for the emergency epirb device. No luck, it just was not within reach for the breath we had. About 30 minutes later, the boat started to roll back up, leaving the port side with access, and miraculously with the epirb in view, we grabbed and activated it. That was the last offering of life that Bertie gave us. Peter built Bertie with his own hands and poured years of blood, sweat and tears into her being.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of the US Coast Guard, we are still alive! We were plucked from the water, placed in a basket, hoisted up to the helicopter and shuttled to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with nothing but our lives and just the cloths on our backs!

Everything we owned was lost to the sea ... our tools of the trade, phones, computers, passports, important documents, artwork, photography equipment, photos, travel mementos, home stuff ... everything. We had literally 1minute from the time the squall hit until we were thrown off the boat.

We are so very grateful that we are alive, sustained no injuries and have family who we love and love us, and that is THE most important part of this whole story. We are so grateful for all the help we received from the coast guard, the hospital administrators and the Red Cross. Any donations that you can offer to help us rebuild our lives and start over is wholeheartedly and grateful appreciated. We will update as we learn more from the Coast Guard and watch events unfold in our lives. Please stop by our BERTIE Facebook page if you want to learn more about who we are and who the majestic Bertie was!! We thank you all for the bottom of our hearts.
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Yesterday was one week since the accident and tragic loss of our beloved BERTIE. This first week has been a zigzagging boondoggle of admin, organizing our losses and running hard into red tape as we try to reestablish our identities without any ID. The Powers-That-Be do not make it easy to procure new birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses and other forms of personal identification! It’s rather like digging a tunnel with a spoon, and finding a brick wall at each crossroad. Nothing about this process has been easy or a straight line!

We have been staying with relatives in NYC for the past week, and want to share several gratitudes. The first of course, is just to be alive!! Secondly, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of love and support from friends & family, FaceBook friends we have never actually met, and total strangers who are helping us out of the goodness of their hearts. We feel such gratitude to all of you, and to simply say thank you seems inadequate, but we offer you a huge THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!

All of you have made this difficult transition more bearable. Losing all of our belongings; tools of the trade, boat equipment, self-created and collected art, cameras, computers, favorite clothing, and every this-n-that that you can think of, as well as losing the result of 40 years of work in a matter of 90 seconds was extremely difficult. But ... life is forward, not looking back in a rear view mirror with regret and self-pity. Bertie had a soul that was palpable, so yes, we feel a deep sense of loss and grief in our hearts and minds for a part of our family who is no longer with us, but many people have lost much more. Most importantly, we still have each other and we did not get physically injured ... and that is the biggest blessing of them all!!

We wholeheartedly thank all of you for your compassionate outpouring of love and support, and look forward to keeping in touch and sharing our lives with you. Here’s to more adventures ahead of us!
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Update : Just wanted to give a big thanks for all the amazing support everyone has given my dad and heidi !

I am Peters son and I set up this gofundme for them as they lost everything and had no way to do so for themselves . I will be withdrawing any funds raised for them and will then transfer the funds to them through my bank account .

Thank you so much again for all the support !
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Update : Peter and Heidi are doing well in New Jersey with family. Today they will be going out to get essentials like clothes, bank cards , ID's , phones etc .
They are so incredibly humbled and grateful for all the support pouring in ! ❤️
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Doing well at the hospital in New Jersey :)
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Raised by 245 people in 19 days
Created May 30, 2019
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