When two young boys got caught in a rip, 85 strangers formed a human chain and saved their lives.
Roberta Ursey, from Panama City, was at the beach with her family when her eight-year-old son along with his 11-year-old brother, became caught in a riptide.
Ursey, her husband, and a few strangers tried to rescue the young boys – but they too got caught in the rip.
“They were screaming and crying. They were stuck. They couldn’t go nowhere,” Ursey told CBS6.
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That’s when the whole beach stepped in.
According to the Panama City News Herald, Jessica Simmons grabbed her boogie board and swam out to help the family, while her husband started a human chain. Eighty-five people, some with water up to their necks, then joined the chain and helped the family get back to safety of the shore.
“It was the most remarkable thing to see,” Simmons said. “These people who don’t even know each other and they trust each other that much to get them to safety.”
Simmons towed each family member to the human chain, and then the people in the human chain pulled each of them to shore.
While Ursey’s mum suffered a heart attack during the incident, every other member of the family escaped with only minor injuries – and they’ve all gone on to make a full recovery.
“I am so grateful,” Ursey told the News Herald. “These people were God’s angels that were in the right place at the right time. I owe my life and my family’s life to them. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”