Two Florida teenagers are crediting God for saving their lives when they were stranded at sea.
Heather Brown and Tyler Smith, both 17, were swimming offshore in Vilano Beach in North Florida to celebrate “senior skip day” when the strong current stranded two miles offshore for hours, WJAX-TV reported.
The teens, who have been best friends since they were in the fourth grade, soon became weak and held each other above water as much as they could. They then huddled together as their body temperatures began to dip.
Eventually, they realized they may not survive and began to pray.
“I cried out, ‘If you really do have a plan for us, like, come on. Just bring something,’” Smith said.
A captain sailing a boat from South Florida to New Jersey then spotted the teens in distress.
Brown told Smith to stay where he was while she swam to the boat for help.
“I’m going to get this boat,” she said she told him. “We are going to live.”
Once she reached it, she realized that their prayers were answered upon learning that the boat was named “The Amen.”
“The first words that came out of my mouth were, ‘God is real,’” Brown said.
The men aboard the boat then plucked the teens out of the waters and took them to shore.
The teens are confident that a higher power is the reason why they are still alive.
“There’s no other reason, no other explanation in the world other than God,” Smith said.