Suddenly the lake steamer stopped

The part prayer played in rescuing capsized boaters

It Was A Beautiful summer day. I was working aboard a five-hundred-passenger party boat that was taking tourists for a cruise to a local picturesque bay. With a few weeks of training behind me, I was in charge of the company's entire operation for this particular day. Normally, I worked in the offices at the dockside, but on this occasion, I also had to travel on one of the boat's regularly scheduled trips in order to instruct a new crew member.

We were approximately midway between home base and the usual destination point, when suddenly the boat stopped, began to turn, and then remained steady. Prior to the boat's change in course, I had been working below. Swallowing my initial fear at this sudden change, I silently and repeatedly prayed, while making my way toward the captain's station.

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