October 20, 2013

Two safe 15 hours after boat capsizes off Mass.

The New Hampshire men are rescued by a passing fishing boat.

The Associated Press

SALEM, Mass. — Two New Hampshire men whose boat capsized off the Massachusetts coast prayed and sang gospel songs as they survived a 15-hour ordeal that ended with them being rescued by a passing fishing boat.

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Fred Schaeffer, left, of Raymond, N.H., and George Reynolds, right, of Derry, N.H. sit in a car after being rescued in waters off of Salem, Mass. The two New Hampshire men whose boat capsized off the Massachusetts coast prayed and sang gospel songs as they survived a 15-hour ordeal that ended with them being rescued by a passing fishing boat. The men spent Friday night sitting on a plank over two hulls of a 25-foot trimaran as waves crashed over them through the night.

The Associated Press

George Reynolds, of Derry, and Fred Schaeffer, of Raymond, spent Friday night sitting on a plank over two hulls of his 25-foot trimaran as waves crashed over them through the night.

Reynolds tells The Associated Press the friends sat back-to-back and prayed for strength, calm seas and calm winds as they shivered violently, cramped up and tried to stay warm.

Reynolds says a passing fishing boat spotted them about 7 a.m. Saturday and took them to shore, where they were checked over by emergency medical technicians before going home.

Overnight temperatures Friday fell into the 40s.

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