A pair of Florida teens who nearly drowned at sea had their prayers answered when an appropriately named boat called Amen came to their rescue.
Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, both 17, who attend Christ Church Academy in Jacksonville, decided to visit Vilano Beach with a group of friends for senior skip day on April 18, ABC News reported Friday.
The trouble started when the teens decided to swim out farther than they were able, they said in an interview that aired on “Good Morning America.”
“Me and Heather’s idea originally was to swim to an island,” Smith said. “Me and her were like the strong, courageous ones of the group. Eventually one turned around and the next.”
“I asked Tyler, ‘Do you want to keep going?’” Brown added. “He said, ‘I don’t care.’ … He said, ‘Let’s go for it!’”
Their choice proved to be life-threatening when the current kept pulling them farther and farther, the teens said on the program.
“I said, ‘You see that red buoy? Let’s swim to that, grab on and hold onto it and wait for someone to come rescue us,’” Smith said. “We were swimming, swimming, swimming to it and the current was really strong. The current pushed us to the left of it.”
Finally their only sign of hope was out of sight.
“We lost the buoy altogether and that was the moment we needed something miraculous,” Brown told ABC.
At that moment, both began to panic.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Amanda Woods