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3/14/08- Lake Palestine

Near-Death Experience Brings East Texas Couple Closer To God

"We were in love, happily going out on our boat ride to be together."

Jamey and Jared Metcalf never thought their bow-fishing trip would turn into a battle for survival.

"The boat sank and we just started swimming toward the lights and the land," said Jamey.

On March 1st, they launched their new air boat from The Villages Marina. It was just after 6 p.m. and quickly getting chilly. Shortly after that the Metcalf's stopped to gather their gear and put on some warmer clothes. At this point, they were in the middle of Lake Palestine and said within seconds, water had taken over the rear of their boat and it sank. Land was within site but it was over a mile away and the strong current was quickly pulling them apart.

"I figured within an hour, hour-and-a-half, we'd float to the bank but that's the thing the cross currents and everything were keeping us out in the middle," said Jared Metcalf. 

"Sometime in the middle of it, my body just kind of blacked-out," said Jamey Metcalf. 

At this point, Jamey and Jared were suffering from hypothermia. Grabbing a cell phone from a zip-lock bag, they called 9-1-1. But it would be another fisherman, nearly 2 hours later, who would hear their faint cries for help.

"Next thing I know, I'm waking up in the ambulance," said Jamey. "I hugged them and I cried a lot. I told them thank you."

Looking back, Jamey believes God sent angels to save them.

"I can tell you there's nothing other than God that saved me out of that water."

And brought them back home, stronger in their faith, and thankful they can continue their lives with their baby boy and 5-year old daughter.

"He gave us another chance at our family."

Courtney Lane, Reporting

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