NY Man Rescued From Lake by Priests on a Floating Tiki Bar


Jimmy McDonald from Albany New York was paddling his kayak on a choppy afternoon on Lake George when he drifted away from his wife and step-kids because he was taking pictures with his new smartphone "and not really paying attention." As he tried to make his way back, the water got choppier and he paddled harder before he tipped over and lost his paddle.

He was in about 30 feet of water, his ill-fitting life jacket coming up over his head and he was holding onto the kayak with one hand and his new $1,400 smartphone with the other. So for several exhausting minutes he kept trying to right the kayak. "That's when I said, 'Alright, I think I might die today. I think this might be it.'" I prayed to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for help."

Enter Greg Barrett a captain for Tiki Tours. At first, Barrett saw Jimmy's paddle and then one of his passengers said they heard a call for help. They got to him, a deckhand, and the passengers pulled him on board.

And this wasn’t just any tiki bar, it was a bar full of priests and seminarians from the Paulist Fathers, a Catholic retreat on the lake. Jimmy prayed for help from above and it arrived in the form of men of the cloth on a floating bar.

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