Ship training maritime college students rescues author from damaged sailboat in Atlantic

A novelist who has written about mystical schooners and life on the water was rescued by a maritime college's training ship after a storm damaged his sailboat during a trans-Atlantic trip.

Maine Maritime Academy said its 500-foot training vessel rescued Michael Hurley more than 500 miles off Nova Scotia on Wednesday after his vessel, The Prodigal, suffered damage sailing from South Carolina to Ireland.

The academy's vessel, with Hurley aboard, was motoring Thursday toward Portland, Maine.

South Carolina-based Hurley, who wrote a book entitled "The Prodigal," said on his website that he planned to draw on sailing for an upcoming book. His wife confirmed his rescue on Hurley's Facebook page.

This wasn't Hurley's first brush with maritime disaster. His website indicates he lost another sailboat between Cuba and Haiti in 2012.