ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Six men rescued at sea after their sport boat broke down have been returned dockside, after the Coast Guard towed their boat back to shore.

The fishing vessel Black Magic, and the men aboard it, were towed into the Coast Guard’s Atlantic City station just after before 4:40 p.m. Tuesday to the wild cheers and exhortations of the men’s families who were waiting for them. The tow back lasted more than 20 hours.

The six men set out Saturday for a tuna-fishing excursion they expected to last one night. When they didn’t return Sunday, relatives called authorities.

Coast Guard aircraft and boats were used to find the boat Monday, some 120 miles off the New Jersey coast.

All six men were reportedly in good physical health.

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