Tyler Smith and Heather Brown were swept out to sea during their senior skip day, but they were later rescued by a boat named “Amen” after they were heard crying out for their lives.
The teenagers decided to take a swim in Vilano Beach, St. Augustine on April 18th. Then, things took an unexpected turn. Surprisingly, they were about 2 miles offshore when Eric Wagner saw them from his 53-foot yacht.
The two teens are Christ's Church Academy students and have known each other since they were in fourth grade. They are both soccer players who like doing extra exercise whenever they can, but that day, the waves were stronger than they had anticipated. The teens soon became tired and found themselves stranded in the ocean. Tyler told Fox News that this was the moment they started praying to God. “I cried out: 'If you really do have a plan for us, like, come on. Just bring something,'” he added.
The boat “Amen” was bought six years ago, but its owner never imagined it was ever going to be involved in a lifesaving mission, let alone saving the lives of two Florida teens. After sailing from Delray Beach to New Jersey, Wagner and his friends said they heard "a desperate scream" over the engines and the waves. At first, they didn’t understand what was going on, but then they saw the teens in the water behind them. Tyler had started cramping when Wagner found them and Wagner called the Coast Guard shortly thereafter.
"Over all the wind, waves, and engines, we thought we heard a desperate scream," he remarked. "Exhausted and near the end, the boy told me he called out for God's help. Then we showed up," Wagner said.
In fact, the teens started crying as soon as they were in the boat. "I told them the name of the vessel, that's when they started to cry," Wagner remarked. "The young couple was gracious and grateful to us and to God. It was the latter all along,” he added.
Everyone is now thankful and relieved that the teens were rescued on time.
“The staff, students and families of Christ’s Church Academy are incredibly grateful for God’s protection over Heather and Tyler," Jeanie Collins, director of marketing at Christ's Church Academy, told Fox News.
"Thank you to Mr. Eric Wagner, captain of the 'Amen' vessel that rescued our students, for your action and compassion!” he added.
The two teens want to work for this country after graduating. Moreover, Tyler is already planning to go to Florida Atlantic University in order to join the Air Force while Heather wants to study Homeland Security at Embry Riddle University.