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Rex Willimon: Lost at Sea

Stranded at sea with several family members 20 miles off the coast of SC, Rex Willimon got a real life lesson on the power of prayer. Read Transcript


SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

I SAID, THEY SHOULD BE

GETTING BACK.

MOM SAID, NO, THEY'RE GOING

TO FISH UNTIL DARK.

I SAID, NO, REX TOLD ME HE

WOULD BE IN BY 6:00.

Reporter: KEISHA WAS

WORRIED.

HER HUSBAND, REX, AND SIX

OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS LEFT

THAT MORNING FOR A DAY OF

FISHING OFF THE COAST OF

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

NOW IT WAS LATE AND THEY

HADN'T RETURNED.

THAT'S BECAUSE 12 HOURS

EARLIER THEY RAN INTO

TROUBLE.

THE NEXT THING I KNOW,

ONE ENGINE HICCUPPED AND IT

CUT ITSELF OFF.

I REHIT THE STARTER, CLACK,

CLACK, CLACK.

PROBABLY 10 SECONDS LATER,

THE WATER ALARM CAME OFF.

THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO

MIND, I BETTER START

PRAYING.

THREE FOOT OF WATER IN THE

BOTTOM OF THE BOAT, THERE IS

NO STOPPING IT.

Reporter: REX PUT OUT A

MAY DAY CALL, AND 20 MINUTES

LATER, THE BOAT WENT DOWN.

THE ONLY THING ABOVE THE

WATER WAS THE BOW, WHICH THE

MEN USED TO STAY AFLOAT.

THE GROUP WAS ALSO EXHAUSTED

FROM SWIMMING, BECAUSE TWICE

THE CURRENT PULLED THEM FROM

THE BOAT.

I MEAN, IT WAS HOT.

RIGHT ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD,

AND THE WATER WAS COLD.

YOU'RE GETTING DEHYDRATED.

YOU'RE GETTING JELLYFISH

STUNG.

AND THE SWIMMING -- IT WOULD

ALMOST KILL YOU, JUST TRYING

TO STAY UP WITH THE BOAT.

Reporter: MEANWHILE,

THE COAST GUARD HAD BEGUN

THEIR SEARCH.

BUT THE MAY DAY REX PUT OUT

HAD BEEN CUT SHORT, AND THEY

WERE LOOKING FOR THE BOAT

TWO MILES OFFSHORE, 18 MILES

FROM WHERE THE BOAT WENT

DOWN.

THEY FOUND NO SIGN OF REX

AND THE OTHERS AND CALLED

OFF THE SEARCH.

AS THE FINAL HOURS OF

DAYLIGHT CAME TO AN END, THE

GROUP FACED MORE

CHALLENGES.

WHEN IT FIRST STARTED

GETTING DARK, DARK, YOU

KNOW, I WAS LIKE, WE'RE

GOING TO SPEND THE NIGHT OUT

HERE. I COULD FEEL THE

SHARKS.

I WAS EITHER KICKING THEM OR

THEY WERE HITTING ME, ONE OF

THE TWO.

Reporter: REX AND HIS

BROTHER-IN-LAW WERE THE ONLY

ONES WHO SAW THE SHARKS, BUT

DIDN'T TELL THE OTHERS.

THANKFULLY, THE SHARKS

DIDN'T STICK AROUND.

AT HOME, REX'S WIFE, KEISHA,

CALLED THE COAST GUARD.

THEY TOLD HER ABOUT THE

SEARCH EARLIER IN THE DAY,

AND ASKED HER TO GO TO THE

MARINA TO SEE IF THE BOAT

WAS THERE.

WHEN SHE SAW THE SLIP WAS

EMPTY, SHE RECORDED IT TO

THE COAST GUARD.

THEN SHE TOOK OUT HER BIBLE

AND BEGAN TO PRAY.

IT WAS JAMES 1: 6, ASKING

FAITH, NOTHING WAVERING.

"FOR HE THAT WAIVERS IS LIKE

THE WAIV WAVE OF THE SEA,

TOSSED."

IT WAS LIKE GOD WAS TELLING

ME, YOU PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME

AND I'LL GET YOU THROUGH

ANYTHING.

Reporter: WITH SOME

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM

KEISHA, THE COAST GUARD

RESUMED THEIR SEARCH.

BUT TIME WAS RUNNING OUT.

THE TEMPERATURE HAD DROPPED,

AND NOW THEY FACED THE

THREAT OF HYPOTHERMIA.

ALL NIGHT LONG WE WERE IN

THE WATER.

I MEAN, IT WAS SO COLD WE

WERE SHIVERING.

OUR TEETH WERE CHATTERING

CONTINUOUSLY.

THERE AIN'T NOTHING YOU CAN

DO.

WE WOULD WRAP OUR LEGS

AROUND EACH OTHER UNDER

WATER AND JUST HUDDLE UP AS

TIGHT AS WE COULD GET.

BUT I MEAN, IT STILL IS

COLD.

Reporter: FRIENDS AND

FAMILY PRAYED THROUGH THE

NIGHT.

THE STRANDED GROUP ALSO

PRAYED AS THEY WATCHED COAST

GUARD CHOPPERS SEARCH THE

DARK WATERS.

AT HOME, THE WOMEN KNEW

THEIR PRAYERS HAD BEEN

ANSWERED.

MY MOM LOOKED AT ME, AND

SHE SAID, WE BETTER GO GET

READY.

AND I SAID, YEAH, THEY'RE

GOING TO BE CALLING.

Reporter: AND THEN JUST

BEFORE SUNRISE, A SPOTLIGHT

BROKE THE DARKNESS.

[YELLING]

Reporter: AFTER 20

HOURS AT SEA, THE MEN WERE

RESCUED.

WE MADE IT!

WHEN THEY TURNED AROUND

AND PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON US,

WE WERE -- OH, IT WAS --

WHAT A SUNDAY MORNING.

Reporter: EVERYONE WAS

BROUGHT TO SAFETY AND

TREATED FOR DEHYDRATION AND

SUNBURN.

RECENTLY THE FAMILY CAME

TOGETHER TO REMEMBER THE

EVENTS OF THAT WEEKEND.

BUT ONE MYSTERY MAINS: HOW

DID THAT 38-FOOT CABIN

CRUISER STAY AFLOAT FOR 20

HOURS IN 65 FEET OF WATER.

REX BELIEVES THERE IS ONLY

ONE ANSWER.

THERE IS A ANGEL SITTING

UNDERNEATH THE BOAT.

EVEN WHEN THEY WENT OUT TO

RESCUE THE BOAT AND PULLED

IT BACK IN, HE HOOKED TO IT

WITH HIS LINE AND IT SANK.

IT WAS THERE FOR THE TIME

THAT GOD NEEDED IT THERE.

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