As the grandfather began drifting away to an almost certain death, he told his grandson to pray, and then began praying himself.
(Redmond, WA)—Six-year-old Alexander Smith is thankful he and his grandfather are alive today to share about their incredible survival in the frigid waters of Washington's Puget Sound after their kayak capsized super, super, super, fast like." (Photo via KIRO TV)
Both were wearing life jackets when the accident occurred.
The two were subsequently separated for nearly an hour-and-a-half after Alexander's grandfather, 74-year-old Eldon Ross, righted the kayak, but was too exhausted to lift himself in. As he began drifting away, he told his grandson to pray, and then began praying himself.
Several reports quote Alexander as saying, God told me to paddle back." Which he did, even though he had just learned to use a paddle earlier that same day. (Photo via KIRO TV)
Alexander's mother, Jeni Smith, reportedly saw her son nearing shore in the kayak by himself and quickly paddled out to meet him.
When she asked him where his grandpa was, Alexander replied, He's out floating in the water, but grandpa's up in Heaven."
Thankfully, the Coast Guard was immediately alerted and Ross was found before he slipped into eternity.