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October 20, 2013

2 NH men rescued in Salem Sound after capsizing

SALEM, Mass. — Fishermen who happened to be passing through Salem Sound early yesterday morning rescued two New Hampshire men from an overturned boat — about 14 hours after it capsized.

Assistant Harbormaster Mark Cassoli said a boat out of Beverly called “Fishy Business” radioed the Coast Guard shortly after 7 a.m. after spotting two men on top of a homemade catamaran sailboat.

“The two guys needed no medical attention at all,” said Cassoli, who arrived at the scene soon after the resuce.

“They were alert, able to communicate and were able to move under their own power,” he said.

Cassoli said he picked up George Reynolds of Derry and Fred Schaeffer of Raymond and transported them in his patrol boat to Winter Island, where the Harbormaster’s office is based. Medical crews were waiting to check out the men.

But they refused to be transported to the hospital and were released, he said.

“Fortunately through a lot of prayer we were rescued,” Schaeffer told WCVB-TV.

When the fishermen found the two men, they were without life jackets or any kind of communications system to radio for help.

But the men were able to hang onto their boat until they were pulled from the waters by the fishermen, according to Cassoli.

Reynolds, who owns the catamaran, could not be reached for comment last night.

“He’s tired and catching up on sleep,” said a woman who answered the telephone at his Derry home.

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