Family Uses Grandpa’s Boat to Rescue Cousin Lost at Sea

Family Uses Grandpa’s Boat to Rescue Cousin Lost at Sea

Hope and love will cause people to act in extraordinary ways, to push themselves and others beyond their limits. Both hope and love will cause people to keep going even when the odds are decidedly not in their favor. One video is a perfect example of what is possible with a little bit of hope and love.

A video posted to YouTube shows the moment a family was reunited with a man who had been lost at sea for nearly four hours. 

That man, Dylan Gartenmayer, became lost at sea off the coast of Florida after he was swept away by a current while spearfishing with a couple of buddies, the clip states. Dylan says that when he was finally able to resurface, he did not see his boat anywhere. 

To try and find him, the U.S. Guard launched a search for Dylan. However, another search party - Tabitha, Dylan’s mom, a family friend, Dylan’s friend, a cousin and his grandfather Edward - took off in a boat in hopes of finding Dylan in the ocean. 

Hours after he first went missing, when nightfall was approaching, Dylan admits that he thought his life may be over.

“Yeah, one point, whenever that sun had set, this could, this could definitely be the end,” he said.

With hope, love and Dylan’s last known coordinates in the ocean, his family and friends headed to the spot - a favorite of Dylan’s. Sure enough, that’s where his family and friends and not the U.S. Coast Guard found and rescued the young man.

The video shows the pure joy and jubilation of the people onboard the boat as they spot Dylan floating in the water. Several people can be seen jumping up and down, screaming in excitement. 

Dylan’s mother, Tabitha, in the interview, detailed what she did seconds after they successfully pulled Dylan onto the boat. 

“As soon as we got him on the boat, I just held him tight because he was freezing. He was shaking,” she said. 

Tabitha added that divine intervention did play a role in them finding Dylan.

“I’m telling you it’s a miracle, “ she said. 

Praise God this young man was found alive!  

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

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