(CBS News) — Two Florida teenagers are counting their blessings after they were rescued from a strong ocean current last month. After going out for a swim, high school seniors Tyler Smith and Heather Brown were stranded at sea for more than an hour when they cried out to God for help. Their prayers were answered in the form of a boat named the “Amen.”
Smith, Brown and a group of their classmates from Christ’s Church Academy went to Vilano Beach to celebrate senior skip day on April 18. Smith and Brown, who have known each other since they were 8 years old, told CBS News on Friday they saw an island and they decided to try swimming toward it, despite the fact that there were no lifeguards on this remote part of the beach. …
“This current pushed us so far we couldn’t do it,” Brown added. “At that point, we knew were in trouble.”
Desperation was settling in and exhaustion started to become a factor. They linked arms and floated together; otherwise, Brown feared, “If we kept swimming, we would have drowned.” As they floated, they prayed for help.