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New Brunswick men stranded in vehicle rescued late Sunday night

Two men who were travelling from Charlottetown to Fredericton were rescued after becoming stranded between Shediac and Port Elgin for hours.

The two men were trapped on the side of Highway 15 for more than 10 hours

John Staples believes he and his friend are stranded on Highway 15, about one kilometre west of where it intersects with Route 950. (Google Maps)

Two men who were travelling from Charlottetown to Fredericton were rescued after becoming stranded between Shediac and Port Elgin for more than 10 hours. 

“We've been rescued - it was a 10 and a half hour ordeal,” said John Staples, one of the two men in the car. Staples said they're both feeling fine. 

After the car went into the snowbank around 11:30 on Sunday morning, the two got out of the vehicle, surveyed the scene, and realized they wouldn’t be able to get the vehicle out without some assistance.

When Staples called 911, emergency crews told the men they were unable to get to them until conditions improved. The men waited for hours for a plow to make it down the closed highway. 

Around 10:20p.m., New Brunswick's Emergency Management Office tweeted, "Through the combined efforts of DTI, RCMP and NBEMO the two people stranded between Shediac and Port Elgin are now safe and secure." 

The two stayed in touch with family and friends via Facebook.

"I know a lot of people think that we were ridiculous, or I was ridiculous, for heading out in this. But like I said, the roads weren't even closed when we did head out," Staples said. "You know, it's winter in New Brunswick." 

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