get battered


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I can't make out what does the writer mean by " got battered" at the following sentences. Can anybody help me? They are part of Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.
Thank you

When finally Jun Do found the boat in the dark, he let the dead weight fall into its aluminum cross members. The man opened his eyes once and rolled them around, but there was no comprehension.
Gil and Jun Do spun the boat to face the waves. They got battered while Officer So pull-started the motor.
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