Incredible Human Chain Rescues Beachgoers From Drowning in Rip Current

13 July, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Stunning moment 80 beachgoers risk their lives and form a human chain to save an entire family from drowning in a rip current

They linked their arms to withstand the current and reach out to the family stuck in 15-feet water.

"The human chain, that was a great thing to happen", said Panama City Beach deputy fire rescue chief Larry Couch.

Ursrey does not remember being rescued, only walking up back to shore after she passed out.

Even though the grandmother reportedly yelled for the rescuers to "save themselves", Roberta's nephew and husband supported her in the water until help returned. "They were so fearless to get out there and risk their lives to save others", said Beckton, who offered her CPR services on shore.

"People were saying, 'Don't go out there, '" she added. Significant rip currents are more likely to occur with a strong onshore wind.

Ursrey, her two sons, her 27-year-old nephew, 67-year-old mother and 31-year-old husband, and another unidentified couple were all caught by the current, according to The Washington Post. They were fighting to keep their heads above water. Her mother suffered a serious heart attack during the ordeal and nearly died.

On Saturday, Roberta Ursey - along with her husband, mother, nephews, and sons - were having some fun in the sun in Panama City Beach, Florida when the entire family almost lost their lives. "She went to one, I went to the other, and then we got stuck, ourselves".

"I got to the end, and I know I'm a really good swimmer", Simmons said.

Jessica Simmons was a bystander on the beach with other onlookers who were all feeling helpless as the group in the water had no immediate help in sight.

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Ursrey just got out of the water when she turned around and saw her sons very far from shore.

Humanity still exits. A human chain of 70 people saved the lives of nine people, including two children, from the rip tide at the shores of Panama City beach in Florida.

"These people are not drowning today", Simmons recalled telling herself.

Roberta Ursey said her mother suffered a heart attack during the ordeal.

Ms Ursrey said she was "so grateful" to the people who had rescued her, describing them as "God's angels". They used surfboards for the stranded family to hold onto once the chain stretched all the way out to them. Without them, we wouldn't be here'.

There are color-coded flags placed on many beaches each day to communicate the current threat. While this won't bring you closer to shore, it will get you out of the rip current somewhere down the line.

"They were screaming and crying that they were stuck", Ursrey told the Panama City News Herald Monday. Sometimes the internet can surprise you!

"One of the biggest problems is people treat the ocean as they would a swimming pool, especially when the waves are smaller", Paxton said.

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