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Kelly Rowland opened up about the terrifying sea rescue she experienced on a wayward boat in Massachusetts last month, admitting that she had feared for her life.
The 32-year-old "X Factor" judge was on a private vessel near the coast of Cape Cod on July 22 when the captain became disoriented after losing sight of a commercial whale-watching boat that he had been following.
During the nightmarish ordeal, Rowland said she turned to God.
"I remember thinking to myself, 'Lord, please don't let this boat capsize,'" said the singer during the Television Critics Association meeting, according to People.com.
"'Please let us get to shore in one safe, sound piece,'" Rowland recounted of her prayers. "'I just want to see tomorrow.'"
The "Motivation" singer went on to describe the moment the whale-watching cruise went wrong- when there was "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 said.
Noting that she had no cell phone reception, Rowland prayed once more.
"I was like, 'Please, Lord, give me two bars," she said. "He gave me two bars and we contacted some folks that were on land and they helped us."
Fortunately, the Coast Guard rescued the singer as well as the rest of the passengers who were towed back to shore, but only after 10 hours of being lost.
"The waves coming in were like 5 to 10 feet high and the boat was only a 27-foot boat and it felt like forever to get back to shore," said Rowland.
Once alerted, the Coast Guard directed a commercial towboat operator to escort the private boat back to Provincetown, according to the Huffington Post.
TowBoat U.S. Provincetown said on Facebook that the boat Rowland was on had drifted 33 miles north of Provincetown and that its passengers "were great. Just a little shook up" at the time.
Consequently, Rowland said it will be "a long time- a very long time" before she gets back on a boat, according to People.com.