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Two sailors safe 15 hours after boat capsize

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Two sailors who set off in strong winds were left with their faith and prayers after their 25-foot trimaran capsized Friday off the Massachusetts coast.

"It was a real test of my faith," George Reynolds told Fox News. "I said, 'Lord, whatever your will is I'm in the mercy of your hands, and if this is going to be the end I'm trusting in your mercy.'"

Reynolds, 62, and crew Fred Schaeffer, who's reportedly in his late 40s, put Reynolds' boat, Ark Angel in the water in Salem, Mass., on Friday with plans to sail to Boston. But with winds blowing hard and the boat flying along at more than 25 knots, they decided part-way through the trip that it would be safer to turn back toward Salem.

A strong gust of wind flipped the boat between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., a couple of miles from the mainland and more than a mile from the nearest island. Schaeffer's cellphone wouldn't work after it got wet.

Reynolds said he and crew Fred Schaeffer prayed for strength — and calm seas and winds — as their muscles cramped and they violently shivered as they tried to stay warm.

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