Hannah Gastonguay, 26, and her husband, Sean, 30, were fed up with abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the “state-controlled church” and so “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us.” With them were Sean’s father and the couple’s two daughters, one 3 years old and the other an infant.
A few weeks into their ultimately 91 days at sea, the Gastonguays encountered “squall after squall after squall” that damaged their boat. Originally on a heading for the archipelago nation of Kiribati near the international dateline, they changed course to the Marquesas Islands, but were unable to reach them either.
Along the way, they apparently suffered damage to their mast and, unable to set a foresail, made little westward progress.
But, just when their supplies had dwindled down to “some juice and some honey,” the family was rescued by a fishing boat from Venezuela. The hapless family were then “transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile, where they are resting in the port city of San Antonio.” After this serial spree of freeloading, the US government had to arrange a flight to bring the destitute family home to Arizona. I can’t wait to hear the family’s beliefs on wasteful government spending, the evils of public education, and all the welfare spending on “those people.”
And I can’t help but note that the family’s initial destination, Kiribati, is a small island nation that will soon be destroyed by rising sea levels due to global warming. But I’m sure the Gastonguays probably don’t believe in that.
I hope the state of Arizona places the Gastonguay’s children in protective custody. They deserve better parents.