Teens Stranded at Sea Say Prayer and Are Rescued by Boat Named 'Amen'
Heather Brown and Tyler Smith were visiting Vilano Beach in Florida with a group of friends when they decided to swim out into the ocean.
A pair of Florida high school students who found themselves trapped at sea said a prayer and were rescued by a boat named “Amen.”
Heather Brown and Tyler Smith, who attend Christ Church Academy in Jacksonville, were visiting Vilano Beach with a group of friends when they decided to swim out into the ocean.
"Me and Heather's idea originally was to swim to an island," Smith told "Good Morning America." "Me and her were like the strong, courageous ones of the group. Eventually one turned around and the next."
They, however, decided to keep swimming, but then the current pulled them out too far and they couldn’t turn back. They quickly realized what a dire situation they were in. Neither had life jackets and Smith began struggling with cramping.
"While I was laying on my back, the best I could, floating, I just called out, 'God, please don't let this be the end. I still want to see my family ... send someone to save us,'" Smith said.
That prayer was quickly answered when Brown and Smith saw a boat in the distance. They began screaming for help and Eric Wagner, the boat’s captain, spotted the teens.
The name of the boat was “Amen.”
"We were the only boat there, too," Wagner told "GMA." "It was a day that only the fishing boats were going out and they go straight out to the Gulf Stream. They don't go up and down the coast, so I don't think any boats would have found them.
"I don't want to call it dumb luck, it wasn't, it was the hand of God."
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