They had a compass on board but it seemed dreadfully insufficient to guide them through the many dangerous obstacles in the water. They might pass within several yards of a safe haven and never know it. Unfortunately in this sparsely populated region there were no fog horns to guide them to safety.
When it became apparent the fog was not just a small patch but instead a massive fog bank, Steve Sackman took the only sensible course of action. He called for help. His two-way radio was broken, and he could only receive messages and not send them. So Steve called for help on his cell phone. The 9-1-1 operator quickly put him in contact with the Coast Guard. The problem with calling on a cell phone was that the Coast Guard could not get a fix on the boats location like they could if he were calling on a two-way radio. The Coast Guard realized that the lives of the men on the small boat were at risk and organized a large search effort to find them. They called in several boats, helicopters, and planes. One search plane even came from as far away as Northern California. They searched over a thousand square miles of sea to find the men.
For a good part of the day, and all the night, as well as the morning of the following day, the fishing boat remained lost in the fog. Early in the afternoon on the second day, a fishing boat with a much better electronic navigation system was cruising along, monitoring the Coast Guards efforts to find the lost boat, when they spotted the missing men in the boat. They were able to lead the missing boat to a Coast Guard ship which eventually brought them to safety.
A day and a half is a long time to spend lost in the fog at sea. However a great many people remain lost in a different type of fog for a lot longer than a couple of days. It seems as if a great fog bank of unbelief has rolled over the hearts and minds of many people and is blocking out the knowledge of God from their sight. Just as the fog blotted out the sight of the sun from the fishermen on the boat, so the fog of unbelief is blotting out The Sun of righteousness (who) shall arise with healing in his wings, from the hearts and minds of people. (Malachi 3:12)