Family Leaves US, Gets Lost At Sea

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona family is returning home after being lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion.

Hannah Gastonguay says she and her husband "decided to take a leap of faith" when they took their two small children and her father-in-law then set sail from San Diego for the tiny island nation of Kiribati in May.

But just weeks into their journey the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift. They were eventually picked up by a fishing vessel, transferred to a cargo ship and taken to Chile where they've been recuperating.

The Gastonguays weren't members of any church. Hannah Gastonguay said their faith came from reading the Bible and through prayer.

Their flights home were arranged by U.S. Embassy officials.