Man close to drowning in lake rescued by seven priests on floating pub

A bloke who found himself adrift in the middle of a 32-mile long lake after he capsized his kayak and lost the oar prayed for divine intervention – and got it.

Jimmy MacDonald from Albany in New York, says he was taking pictures with his brand new smartphone “and not really paying attention” as he fell into choppy water.

Jimmy’s attempts to paddle back to safety only made matters worse when he capsized the kayak, lost his grip on his oar and found himself bobbing helplessly in chilly water with a badly-fitted lifejacket.

He said: “I realised the shore was too far away and I didn’t have any confidence that I would get to shore.



“So I held onto the boat, with my new $1,400 (£1,053) cellphone in my hand. I wasn’t going to lose that. I was just trying to stay afloat.”

While there were a few other holidaymakers visible in the distance, Jimmy says he was “too proud” to cry for help.

Instead, he says, he resigned himself to his inevitable fate.

He told local news site Glens Falls Living: “That’s when I said, ‘Alright, I think I might die today.

“I think this might be it, I prayed to my lord and saviour Jesus Christ for help.”



And help was at hand, in the shape of seven priests taking a trip on a floating Tiki bar.

“A bar on the water saved my life,” Jimmy says. “But no one was drinking. It was all priests.”

Tiki Tours captain Greg Barrett said: “One of the priests heard him yell help, and then I noticed his life preserver was not fitted properly and was up around his neck.



“So Deb Oliveira, our new deckhand on her first day of work, and four of the priests scooped him up onto the bow of the boat. His eyes were the size of silver dollars.”

Jimmy says: “It was all a bit traumatising, but I trust that maybe it happened for a reason. I’ve since told the story to others that just like getting sober, I couldn’t do it on my own and trying to fix things myself almost cost me my life until I admitted I was powerless and asked for help.”

The priests prayed for Jimmy as the floating bar made its way back to shore. Captain Barrett said: ““Then Jimmy told us he was a recovering heroin addict, so not only was it ironic that he was saved by a Tiki boat, but he was saved by seven priests! It was divine intervention!”

Jimmy summed up by saying: “I urge everyone to wear their lifejackets, test them before they go out, and not to go alone. My hope is this story prevents further incidents.”

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