According to Arturas, not long after they left the dock at Sarasota Piotras complained of a headache, took aspirin, and laid down. Hours later he awoke again with pain, fell out of bed and stopped breathing. Arturas performed CPR and thought he revived him once, but Piotras eventually passed away. Arturas said neither he nor Paulius were able to reach anyone on their cell phones or their marine band radios for quite some time.
On Sunday evening, Aug. 25 at approximately 11:25 p.m. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call regarding a deceased person on a sailboat near Boca Grande Pass. The Coast Guard and Boca Grande Fire Department also responded, and the boat was escorted to port by the Coast Guard. The 1979 White 37-foot sailboat was taken to the 5th Street docks, and the deceased person, Dejevas, was taken off the boat.
On Tuesday morning Arturas and Paulius sat under a tree across from Hudson’s Grocery, pondering what to do next. Their plan was to continue on to the Caribbean. The ownership forms on their boat, however, were not filled out and neither were seasoned sailors.
“We want to keep going, to travel through many countries,” Arturas said.
When asked if he was aware he would be traveling in the Caribbean during the height of hurricane season, he shrugged and said, “We have been through storms in Lithuania. I have heard these might be a little worse.”
The following Tuesday morning the Lee County Coroner’s Office determined Dejevas’ death to be of natural causes, and Arturas and Paulius were making plans to continue on with their adventure.
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