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Couple’s boat sinks in Gulf of Mexico and boating community responds

MADEIRA BEACH, Florida — A couple who recently lost everything after the boat they poured their life savings into sank off the Florida coast were unprepared for the outpouring of kindness they received in the wake of a tragic event.

Tanner Broadwell, 26, Nikki Walsh, 24, and their pet pug, originally from Summit County, Utah, escaped injury when their boat, Lagniappe, capsized after hitting an unidentified object, possibly a sandbar, earlier in the month.

However, news coverage on the event blew up, completely catching the couple by surprise. As a result, the couple broke their crowdfunding campaign goal in three days and received a flood of support from family, friends and community members who offered to replace their boat.

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