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They say lightning never strikes twice, but don’t tell that to the Sakadales family. One year after 18-year-old Hunter Sakadales captured the cross during the 2020 Epiphany celebration, his 16-year-old brother, Colten, rose from the depths of Spring Bayou on Jan. 6 clutching the cross in his hand during the 115th edition of the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of Christ’s baptism.

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It didn’t take long for one of the 55 divers to come up with the cross. Roughly 30 seconds after the cherished symbol was tossed into the water, 17-year-old Ilias Skandaliaris came to the surface clutching the cross.

“It was amazing. Words can’t describe it. I’m just so happy right now.”