'God is real': Two teens stranded in the ocean rescued by a boat named 'The Amen'

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — When two local teens skipped school for a beach senior skip day, their adventure turned into a fight for their lives, and their savior was heaven-sent.

Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, both 17 years old, have been friends since the fourth grade.


They decided to swim offshore in Vilano Beach, but became stranded 2 miles off the coastline for two hours.

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The teens started to worry that they might not make it, as they became weak and held each other up as much as they could.

They began to pray.

“I cried out, 'if you really do have a plan for us, like, come on. Just bring something.'” Smith said.

Then a boat sailing from South Florida to New Jersey spotted the teens in distress.

“I started swimming towards it. I was like, 'I’m going to get this boat. Just stay here. I’m going to get this boat. We are going to live.'” Brown said.

ICYMI: Florida teens rescued by Amen boat

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Their prayers were answered in the form of a boat, a God send, named ‘The Amen’.

“The first words that came out of my mouth were, 'God is real.'”

The men in the boat brought the teens on board carried them safely to shore.

The teens are thanking God and the men who saved them.

“There’s no other reason, no other explanation in the world other than God,” Smith said.

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