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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: 14 hours clinging to a boat, Ellen DeGeneres rewards Sarah Hoidahl

In this photo made Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 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. (AP Photo/WCVB.com. Stanley Foreman)

In this photo made Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 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. (AP Photo/WCVB.com. Stanley Foreman)

What could you do for 14 hours?

Sleep? . . . . I don’t even think I could do that.

Well, this weekend two New Hampshire men hung on for their lives in the water for 14 hours after their 25-foot catamaran, the Ark Angel, capsized.

The boat’s owner George Reynolds, of Derry, and his best friend Fred Schaeffer, of Raymond, were left without communication until they were spotted on Saturday morning off Baker’s Island in Salem Sound, Mass.

It was a string of misfortune for the duo. The one life jacket on the vessel floated away, too.

The men said they knew they needed to keep calm, and did so by getting through the night with prayer, scripture verses and gospel songs.

According to Reynolds, Saturday’s sunrise “was the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen.”

Just after the sunrise is when a boat of passing fisherman spotted the boat and rescued the them.

You can hear Reynolds’s account of the mishap here at WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

It’s pretty remarkable. It’s always fantastic news when some bad luck is answered with a turn of some good luck.

In other news

∎ Ellen DeGeneres had Concord Ruby Tuesday waitress Sarah Hoidahl on her show on Friday – and rewarded her with $10,000 for her good deed earlier this month.

∎ The Keene Pumpkin Festival broke the world record for most lit jack-o’-lanterns lit at one time.

∎ 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez is still missing after disappearing on Oct. 9.

 N.H. journalist James Foley’s family is still holding out hope after he went missing in Syria last November.

∎ The police say a meth lab might have sparked a fire in a Manchester apartment.

∎ Gov. Maggie Hassan wants to hear ideas from homeless advocates.

∎ The Department of Health and Human Services is offering free lead testing today.

∎ The New Hampshire Library Trustee Association has named the Hooksett Public Library the 2013 Library of the Year.

 A $2.25 million lottery ticket was sold at MDK Discount Beverages Plus in Conway.

 UNH called for – and converted – a two-point conversion after scoring a touchdown with 14 seconds left to beat 12th-ranked Villanova 29-28.

∎ UNH field hockey also took care of business this weekend, defeating Bucknell 3-0.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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