Boy's Family Credits Prayer for 'Miracle'

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A 12-year-old boy on a trip with his youth group to a Washington state beach disappeared under the water for 20 minutes.

After an intensive search, rescuers found his unresponsive body and feared the worst. But today, Dale Ostrander is alert, responsive and talking.

His parents credit the power of prayer.

Rescuers frantically searched for the young Ostrander on jet skis, after he got caught in a rip tide off the coast of Washington that dragged him under the water.

Nicole Kissel, 12, was body boarding nearby when she heard Dale's cry for help.

"I went to the bottom of the sea floor. I could feel it. I felt his pants and I had pushed him up, then I went up," she recalled. "I said, 'We have to keep swimming.' The board was almost to land. I was swimming and I looked back he was next to me. I grabbed the board and he was gone."

Ostrander's youth group on the beach immediately began praying.

When rescuers found the boy 20 minutes later, they thought it was too late. Doctors agreed.

"They never expected him to live. They expected him to be a vegetable. Never walk, never talk, never say a word," said Chad Ostrander, the boy's father.

The Ostrander family and friends started a prayer blog called "Prayers for Dale."

The boy spent the weekend in a coma in a Portland, Ore., hospital where he had been air lifted. Then on Sunday, he opened his eyes. Monday he started talking.

"We were trying to get him to cough. You need to do more than that, I said. He said, 'I don't need to.' He spoke a full sentence. It was amazing," said Kirsten Ostrander, the boy's mother.

Dale's parents say prayers are still appreciated as their son continues to recover. They're also thanking God for a miracle.

"We really believe God can work miracles," Chad Ostrander said. "Not to say he will or he should or we're deserving of it, but as long as he gets glory out of it."

Related Link:

Prayers for Dale blog

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Heather Sells

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