, Salem, MA

October 21, 2013

Two men rescued after boat flips

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — SALEM — Two New Hampshire men were rescued Saturday morning after their sailboat overturned and left them stranded in the harbor for more than 14 hours, police and fire officials said.

The boat capsized about 4 p.m. on Friday, and the men had no cellphones, lifejackets or flares, said fire Capt. Alan Dionne.

“They managed to get on the hull of the boat and spent the night there,” he said. “Their feet were in the water.”

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 near Baker’s Island.

“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.

The two men were slightly hypothermic but denied medical treatment after spending some time in an ambulance, Dionne said.

The Coast Guard was contacted to have the boat recovered, according to Dionne.

Staff writer Mark E. Vogler contributed to this report.