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Hernando men stranded in Gulf overnight on personal watercraft

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Two men were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico overnight on this personal watercraft. Two men were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico overnight on this personal watercraft.
Daladier Faust and his girlfriend, Jenny Terry, are back together again after Faust and a friend were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico on a personal watercraft overnight. Daladier Faust and his girlfriend, Jenny Terry, are back together again after Faust and a friend were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico on a personal watercraft overnight.
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Sunday evening, Jacob Crooms and his friend Daladier Faust decided to take Crooms's new personal watercraft out in the Gulf for a test ride. They left from Pine Island in Hernando County.

According to the USCG, the missing men didn't have lights, flares, a radio or a cell phone.  They had life jackets and a whistle.

Faust's girlfriend, Jenny Terry teased the men about making sure they came home on time.

"They said they weren't going to be out more than 2 hours, 2 and a half hours tops and I told them that if they were gone for more than four hours I was going to call the Coast Guard," Terry said.

The men said everything seemed to be fine. The machine was running great. Jacob Crooms was piloting the watercraft and says, "about a mile back into shore she just cut out completely. We tried restarting her, troubleshooting her. They were miles from shore and had no way to call or send a signal. So the two friends decided to ride it out and wait for sunrise.

"You would fall a little bit asleep and a wave would come and a wake you back up so we just stayed up the whole night. The seas were about one to two feet," said Faust.

Faust is a former Marine and Crooms is an active duty combat engineer with the Army, something the men say helped their situation.

"You keep a cool head and you relax and you breathe easy. You're not just worrying. You don't let things run through your head," said Faust.

Monday morning the men saw a Coast Guard helicopter flying above them and got their attention and hours later they were reunited with Jenny Terry.

"I was just glad to see him. Like I was just tired. I just wanted him to be home," said Terry.

Now that Daladier and Jacob are back on dry land, the question is what are they going to do with the personal watercraft?"

Crooms says, "Leave her out there, just let her sink to the bottom, that would have been fine with me. Make another reef."

 

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