Woman says God used her to save drowning man

Macon, Georgia nearly saw its third drowning victim in less than a week, but a good Samaritan stepped in to help save a man’s life.

Sunday night, Gail Metcalf and her husband, John, were cruising Lake Tobesofkee when they saw some people waving at them from the shoreline.


“I started praying for him, because I believe that God had us there for a reason, this was a miracle.”


“My husband and I were cruising in our boat, about to go under the bridge, when we saw a woman and some kids waving at us. We thought they were being friendly for a moment,” said Metcalf.

But as they approached the shore, they realized those people weren’t waving for fun, they were trying to wave down help. Metcalf says she saw a man drowning, a woman swimming out to help, and another bystander trying to save the man who was struggling to stay afloat.

“We were able to throw life vests to all three people in the water,” said Metcalf.

Then she says they scooped the bystander into their boat, as park rangers pulled the drowning man to shore. That’s when Metcalf jumped into the water herself, swam to land, and began praying for the 25-year-old victim.

“I started praying for him, because I believe that God had us there for a reason, this was a miracle. I started praying for him and I said, ‘Darren, God has plans for you. He saved you for a purpose, for a reason, do you understand that?’ And his eyes, which had been sort of rolled back, just focused a little bit, and he was able to say, ‘uh huh,'” said Metcalf.

Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says an ambulance took Darren Braswell to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, but he’s okay and never stopped breathing.

Metcalf says if the man had been wearing a life vest, that may have been prevented.

“We’ve lived on this lake for 28 years and have been coming here since Lake Tobesofkee was built actually. It was a rule around our house with seven grandchildren that everybody here wears a life vest. I even put life vests on my dogs,” said Metcalf.

“I really do believe that God used us to save their lives, and I’m real glad about that,” said Metcalf.

Source: WMAZ