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Two old friends who served in the Navy together decided to rent a canoe and go for an hour ride on Spruce Creek in Port Orange. The pair wound up spending 28 hours in the elements before being rescued.”I was up the proverbial creek without a paddle, I’ll tell you that much,” Wayne Foit said.Foit, 81, figured he’d show his 78-year-old war buddy the sights with a peaceful canoe trip on beautiful Spruce Creek.Problems began as the pair were heading back to Cracker Creek Canoeing.”That’s where we got stuck because the tide started going out so fast. I mean within ten minutes it dropped,” Foit said.At one point the canoe overturned and the men were thrown into the water, sinking into the muddy water. They got back in but the canoe was water-logged. Foit, who lost his leg in an accident seven years ago, took off his prosthetic and used it as a bailing cup.”We didn’t have nothing to bail with,” Foit said.Rescuers knew the pair’s start point but hoped they could find them better using a pinpoint from a cellphone considering the miles of Spruce Creek. However, the men left their cellphones in the vehicle because they only expected to be gone for a short while. “We pulled out all the stops. We called in extra people put them on shift. We reached out to a lot of our law enforcement partners,” Police Chief Tom Grimaldi said.Grimaldi says the men left Saturday afternoon but weren’t reported missing until Sunday morning then the weather hit. Grimaldi’s team had to wade through thigh-deep mud but finally found the two blocked by debris in a tributary at 6:30 p.m.”We were able to use like a bedsheet to wrap them in and we carried them out that way,” Grimaldi said.”That was the best birthday present I ever had, seeing the police come? And the guys coming down the hill,” Foit said.Foit says he and his buddy were celebrating his birthday too, something he won’t forget.

Two old friends who served in the Navy together decided to rent a canoe and go for an hour ride on Spruce Creek in Port Orange.

The pair wound up spending 28 hours in the elements before being rescued.

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“I was up the proverbial creek without a paddle, I’ll tell you that much,” Wayne Foit said.

Foit, 81, figured he’d show his 78-year-old war buddy the sights with a peaceful canoe trip on beautiful Spruce Creek.

Problems began as the pair were heading back to Cracker Creek Canoeing.

“That’s where we got stuck because the tide started going out so fast. I mean within ten minutes it dropped,” Foit said.

At one point the canoe overturned and the men were thrown into the water, sinking into the muddy water. They got back in but the canoe was water-logged.

Foit, who lost his leg in an accident seven years ago, took off his prosthetic and used it as a bailing cup.

“We didn’t have nothing to bail with,” Foit said.

Rescuers knew the pair’s start point but hoped they could find them better using a pinpoint from a cellphone considering the miles of Spruce Creek.

However, the men left their cellphones in the vehicle because they only expected to be gone for a short while.

“We pulled out all the stops. We called in extra people put them on shift. We reached out to a lot of our law enforcement partners,” Police Chief Tom Grimaldi said.

Grimaldi says the men left Saturday afternoon but weren’t reported missing until Sunday morning then the weather hit.

Grimaldi’s team had to wade through thigh-deep mud but finally found the two blocked by debris in a tributary at 6:30 p.m.

“We were able to use like a bedsheet to wrap them in and we carried them out that way,” Grimaldi said.

“That was the best birthday present I ever had, seeing the police come? And the guys coming down the hill,” Foit said.

Foit says he and his buddy were celebrating his birthday too, something he won’t forget.

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