Heroes Form Human Chain To Rescue Florida Family Pulled Out To Sea

Jul 13, 2017, 00:37
Heroes Form Human Chain To Rescue Florida Family Pulled Out To Sea

Nearly 80 people created a live chain about 100 meters long to save nine members of a #Family from drowning, as they got trapped into the strong current on #Florida's beach, the CBS television channel reported.

Roberta Ursrey, her husband, mother, nephews and sons were near the M.B. Miller County Pier when the incident occurred.

A young mother of four was enjoying a day at the beach when she saw two of her boys way out in the water and screaming for help.

If you get stuck in one, your first inclination might be to swim toward the shore; don't do that.

They started with the children and by the time they got to Ursrey the woman could barely keep her head above water. The agency says the best thing to do if you get caught in a rip current is to actually swim parallel to the shore at an angle, instead of trying to fight the current directly.

When Ursey left the water, she suddenly heard screams, and realized her sons were trapped by the ocean's rip current. The couple were able to save everyone by helping the swimmers reach the human chain so they could easily make it back to land.

"At the very end, we all started clapping and cheering because they were so happy over the fact that we accomplished it".

"These people are not drowning today", Simmons told CBS, recalling what she was telling herself. Roberta Ursrey, and several members of her family were among those rescued.

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An wonderful event took place this weekend when a family was caught in a potentially deadly rip current, which some are referring to as a riptide. "With everything going on in the world, we still have humanity". Ursrey had just gotten out of the water when she noticed that her boys, Noah, 11 and Stephen, 8, were much farther from shore on their boogie boards then she expected them to be.

Jessica Simmons was one of the bystanders who helped create the chain.

Most of those who saw the struggling family felt powerless to help them - as it looked like they were too far out to sea to help. Tabitha told The Washington Post they tried to swim both straight and sideways, but nothing worked.

Nine people were rescued by the human chain, including two who got stranded after attempting to help.

"These people were God's angels that were in the right place at the right time", Ursrey told the News Herald.

Simmons also wrote on Facebook, "what really got me was how a entire BEACH jumped into action to save these people". Her mother suffered a heart attack during the ordeal and very almost died.

The Ursrey family members were retrieved at last and were passed back to shore and safety.

She was taken to hospital, where she remains, recovering.

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