It’s April 2019 and friends Heather Brown and Tyler Smith are swimming off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida. However, they have hit trouble and fear they may not make it back to Vilano Beach. Having been fighting for about two hours struggling to stay afloat, Smith cries out to God for help. Suddenly a boat appears… was this divine intervention?
Smith and Brown are from Jacksonville, Florida and had been friends since around the age of ten. Now 17, the soccer-loving pair were relaxing on Vilano Beach beach on a day off from Christ’s Church Academy, where they are seniors. They decided to go for a swim, and set off towards an island just off the coast.
The teenagers had swum about two miles out, but they could no longer see their destination. A strong current had pulled the teens off course, and for two hours they fought to stay afloat. Exhausted and starting to cramp, their hope started to fade. No one could see them from the coastline so, seemingly in vain, Smith cried out for God’s help.
Very soon a boat appeared, seemingly from out of nowhere. “Over all the wind, waves, and engines, we thought we heard a desperate scream,” the boat’s captain Eric Wagner, explained to a local news station. The cold and weary Smith and Brown were no doubt relieved to meet their rescuers. However, upon seeing the name of the boat, they knew exactly who to thank.
“I told them the name of the vessel; that’s when they started to cry,” Wagner revealed. The boat’s name was Amen. As Smith further explained to news network Fox in May 2019, “From us crying out to God, for Him to send someone for us to keep living and a boat named Amen, there’s no way that it wasn’t Him.”