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Two Teens Stranded in the Middle of the Ocean Sat and Prayed—Then a Boat Named ‘Amen’ Came to the Rescue

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Two Florida teens were stranded in the middle of the ocean for close to two hours when in desperation one of the frightened high school seniors decided to pray.

Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, who both attend Christ’s Church Academy in Jacksonville, were out for a swim in choppy waters on senior skip day when a strong current pulled them out to sea, reports Action News Jax.

In an interview posted to the school’s Facebook page Smith told the boat’s captain, Eric Wagner, “that no matter what direction they swam, they kept going out.”

CBS 47 Action News Jax here interviewing Tyler Smith and Heather Brown about their dramatic rescue at sea! Eric Wagner…

Posted by Christ’s Church Academy on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The teens were exhausted, shivering and pale, “near the end” when Tyler started to pray for God’s help. He told the outlet:

“I cried outif you really do have a plan for us, like, come on. Just bring something.’”

Captain Wagner was sailing from Delray to New Jersey in 15-20kn wind on April 18, and the seas were rough on the day he decided to take his boat, Amen, out.

Wagner said he could barely hear the kids screaming for help nearly two miles out “over all the wind, waves, and engines.”

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Meanwhile, Smith and Brown were struggling to swim towards the boat. Brown said:

“I started swimming towards it. I was likeI’m going to get this boat. Just stay here. I’m going to get this boat. We are going to live.’”

The first words that came out of her mouth were, “‘God is real.’”

Smith told the station:

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

After the two teens began to pray, Captain Wagner pushed out to Smith and Brown in the Amen and pulled them aboard then called the coast guard.

They were both weak and barely coherent when Wagner found them. Parents in the community following their story of survival said the scary ordeal should remind moms and dads to pray for their children every morning.

One mom wrote:

We never know what the Lord has in store when we pray over our kids in the morning!!

The young couple thanked God for saving them.

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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