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    Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh sold everything they had in Colorado, bought an old 28-foot sailboat and planned to live their dream of sailing the Caribbean. That dream turned into a nightmare Wednesday night at John's Pass when their boat the Lagniappe crashed into something underwater, severing the keel and causing it to sink. Now Broadwell, Walsh and Remy, their 2-year-old Pug, have lost everything

    Dream Lying in Ruins at the Bottom of John’s Pass

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    This couple decided to step out of their comfort zone: selling all they owned, bought a sailboat and set out to travel. However, real life may be more disastrous than it seems and you can literally lose everything in a matter of several minutes.

    A young couple - Times Tanner Broadwell, 26, and Nikki Walsh, 24 left their routine life in Colorado and set out to sail around the Caribbean with their 2-year-old Pug, Remy.

    Broadwell explained their trip as stepping out of their comfort zone.

    "We got so tired of that lifestyle...of doing things to make people do the things they don't want to do...I sold everything I had to do this and I lost everything in a matter of 20 minutes."

    It took them two years to save enough money to buy this boat: a 1969 Columbia for $5,000 and then spent the same price on fixing it.

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    However, their dream journey was tragically cut short when their boat dubbed, Lagniappe was struck by an underwater object in John's Pass off Madeira Beach and sank. The couple sold all their belongings for this trip and all they have right now is their dog, cell phone, social security cards, some clothes and some dog food.

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    "I'm just standing there in awe," Walsh said. "I just lost everything I ever owned. I see my things floating away and I can't get to them."

    The local Coast Guard service told the couple they should remove their boat out of the pass, which will cost approximately $10,000, while all they have is about $90.

    Despite all that has happened, the couple is not giving up, figuring out what to do next. As Broadwell stated, they might stay with his mother for some time and try to find a job.

    They are still alive, and their dream is too, he said.

    "I'm not going to give up now," Broadwell said. "I'm going to get another boat down the road."

    "We can't just give up on our dreams," Walsh said.

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