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Prayers of drowning teens answered by boat ‘Amen’

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 further 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 deeper and deeper, 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.”

But then their only sign of hope was out of sight.

“We lost the buoy all together and that was the moment we needed something miraculous,” Brown told ABC.

At that moment, both began to panic.

“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.

The duo was caught up in the current for about an hour and a half until a boat appeared.

“[Tyler] said, ‘Heather, just keep screaming, just keep screaming,’” Brown said. “I see this shaded hand through the screen waving back at me. I was like, ‘This is it, this is it, we’re getting out of here!’”

Then they realized the boat’s name: the Amen.

“We realized there were two people who should not be there,” Eric Wagner, the boat’s captain, told ABC. “I assumed their vessel, their kayak, or something had sunk. They were stranded and had life jackets on and were waiting for us to pick them up.”

“The situation was dire, pretty drastic,” Wagner added. “I asked, ‘Where is your boat?’ Heather said she’ll tell me later.”

Wagner helped the pair get on board and brought them to shore. Amazingly, both were unharmed — just exhausted.

The Amen was the only boat in the teens’ vicinity at the time, according to Wagner.

“I don’t want to call it dumb luck,” Wagner told ABC. “It wasn’t, it was the hand of God.”

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