A South Carolina writer lost his 30-foot sailboat on an Atlantic crossing but all wasn't lost. He repaired his marriage during his mishap at sea.

Michael Hurley says that three days before his rescue by students on a Maine Maritime Academy training cruise, he and his wife Susan decided to renew their vows.

Hurley arrived Saturday in Portland, Maine, aboard the 500-foot State of Maine.

The huge vessel was returning from Spain when Hurley sought help because his sailboat was taking on water south of Newfoundland. College officials say it's the first time students rescued someone on a training cruise.

Hurley says he'll soon be reunited with his wife, and they plan to go to Ireland to renew their vows.

He lives outside Charleston, South Carolina, and wrote "The Prodigal."