Strangers on a Florida beach formed an 80-person human chain to rescue nine members of family who had been caught in a riptide and pulled too far from shore.
Around 80 people formed a human chain to save a family caught in a riptide off a beach.
Roberta Ursrey and her husband rushed out into the ocean at Panama City Beach in Florida when they realized their sons had been swept out too far and were screaming.
Others warned her not to go in the water, but Ursrey, her mother and five other family members swam to the boys’ aid, but then found themselves also trapped in 15-feet of water.
Nine people in total who were caught up in the riptide. Her mother was among those trapped and suffered a heart attack.
In a facebook post, user Rosalind Beckton says:
“MUST SHARE: My Day on the Beach started out FUN!!! I always feared the beach waters. I tell my son over & over don’t go out far because of rip currents/undertow & all the added danger of the waters.
Today he witness 1st hand what them Currents can do. Today we witness some REAL HERO’S and it wasn’t THE GUY’S IN UNIFORM…. IT WAS PPL OUT ON THE BEACH THAT HAD THE CARE/HEART TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SAVE SOMEONE.
THESE PPL JOIN HANDS & PULLED OUT 8 PPL ONE BY ONE WHO WAS STUCK IN A RIP CURRENT, WHILE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WATCHED. ONLY ONE COP RAN INTO THE WATER TO GIVE A HAND. The others stood there waiting on a boat to come…. SMH
Thank God all 8 ppl survived.
Its a cop standing looking at a lady that just got pulled out the waters in need of CPR…. He did NOTHING. Someone else assist the lady. I myself offered to help with CPR. My fun Day turn sad for awhile. God answer prayers and we all Rejoice with tears, hugs, and praises after being stuck for almost an hour.”