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Kelly Rowland and tugboat captain Naoh Santos a day after the singer’s ordeal.
She may be an Independent Woman, but Kelly Rowland turned to prayer when the boat she was on got lost at sea last month.
The “X-Factor” judge addressed the 12-hour ordeal she and a half-dozen companions faced when their charter boat captain became disoriented in choppy weather off the coast of Provincetown, Mass.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘Lord, please don’t let this boat capsize,” Rowland told People during the Television Critics Association tour over the weekend.
“Please let us get to shore in one safe, sound piece. I just want to see tomorrow.
“No more shore, no more land, we’re seeing no more of the buoys, no more of the boats passing by — it’s just in the middle of nowhere, so we realized that we’re lost,” she told the gossip magazine.
Rowland’s party had set sail on the morning of July 19 on a private whale watching expedition when the ship got lost in the fog and 5-foot waves roughly 30 miles off shore, Noah Santos, the captain of the towboat dispatched to bring the lost craft back to shore, told the News.
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It was pretty rocky out there, from what they told me,” Santos said.
When Rowland and her companions noticed their predicament they tried to call for help, but had poor cell reception.
“I was like, ‘Please, Lord, give me two bars,'” she remembers. “He gave me two bars and we contacted some folks that were on land and they helped us.”
After the Harbor Master realized the boat was late in returning, the Coast Guard was notified and triangulated the position of the missing vessel, dispatching Santos’ towboat to save the day.
“They were just a little shaken up. They were okay, though, and just very happy to see [my boat],” Santos told the News last month.
Santos added that Rowland bought him and his wife dinner at a local seafood restaurant the following evening as a token of her appreciation.
“I felt like forever to get back to shore,” Rowland told People of the long tow back to shore in the frothing waters, adding that she wouldn’t be getting on another boat “for a long time — a very long time.”