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'Another 30 minutes to an hour it probably wouldn't have the same outcome'

Florida couple rescued after drifting for 14 hours

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    Monday, June 23, 2014, 12:07 PM - A Florida couple is safe after being stranded for 14 hours in the open water without life jackets.

    Their boat capsized overnight Saturday dumping them into the ocean where they suffered jellyfish stings and hypothermia.

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    The pair were left stranded without any lifejackets or means of sending a distress signal as they watched their boat quickly pull away from them.

    Fortunately, an off-duty detective and firefighter spotted the duo along Hallandale Beach and brought them to safety with help from the coast guard.

    No injuries were reported, but officials say they were both dehydrated, tired and cramping pretty bad. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

    Officials are warning boaters to travel with personal emergency equipment just in case something goes wrong on the water.

    Their boat washed-up on shore at Fort Lauderdale later that afternoon.

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