Joy Break: Teen Swimmers in Trouble Pray — and a Boat Named ‘Amen’ Rescues Them

By Nancy Flory Published on May 14, 2019

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? Those stories are still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

Two teens swimming in the ocean found themselves drifting and in trouble recently. They prayed for help and were rescued by a boat with the perfect name.

Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, students at Christ’s Church Academy near Jacksonville, Florida, decided to go for a swim at Vilano Beach last month. The two were trying to swim to an offshore island. Very quickly they found themselves drifting with the ocean’s current. When they realized they weren’t going to make it to the island, they tried to swim toward a lighthouse. That didn’t work, either. 

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They linked arms and floated because they didn’t want to use their energy. “When we linked arms, honestly cried out to God, ‘If you’re out there, please send something to save us,'” Tyler said.

Within 30 minutes, they saw a boat coming towards them. “It came out of nowhere,” Heather told CBS. “When I saw it, I knew we were getting out of here.” The boat’s name? Amen. 


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