October 21st, 2013
09:10 AM ET

Sailors Rescued in New England

Two men spent 14 hours clinging to the side of their boat after it capsized in rough seas before they were rescued by chance this weekend.

“It was supposed to be a leisurely day at sea for these two New Hampshire men, but not long after taking sail from Salem, Massachusetts en route to Boston their trip took a terrifying turn,” says CNN's Pamela Brown.

George Reynolds says, "We knew it'd be a long night…We knew our best chance was to stay with the boat and that not to panic."

“The men say a strong gust of wind caused their 25-foot homemade sailboat to capsize Friday, leaving them clinging for life to a wooden plank on top of their overturned boat,” Brown reports.

According to officials, the two had no radio to call for help, and the one life jacket they had between them also drifted away.

Fred Schaeffer says the two turned their faith, "praying together, quoting scriptures," as night passed before them.

Fourteen hours later, a fishing crew answered their prayers and called for help Saturday morning.

“The men refused medical attention once they made it back to land,” Brown reports.

“Officials say this serves as a reminder for sailors to wear a life jacket at all times and of course have emergency equipment, like a radio, readily available.”

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