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Last week, a Florida family was saved at the last minute by a large group of good Samaritans.
Roberta Ursrey and her family were enjoying the sunshine and saltwater at Panama City Beach. Ursrey noticed (too late) that her sons, two boys aged 6 and 9, were swimming far too distant from shore. The boys were screaming and waving their arms, so Ursrey quickly grabbed the attention of a few nearby relatives and tried to swim out to them.
Floridians work together to save family
Unfortunately, the group of ragtag lifeguards quickly became trapped in a powerful rip current, which prevented them from swimming out further and also threatened their own lives. Ursrey began to yell — nine people were trapped in about fifteen feet of powerful, surging water.
According to Ursrey in The Panama City News Herald, ““I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day, ” …It was like, ‘Oh God, this is how I’m going.’”
Despite Ursrey’s panicked thoughts and doomsdaying predictions, several beachgoers noticed the family’s struggles and joined together to save them. They formed an eighty-person chain and, using the leverage and power of body weight, had rescuers hold the chain and begin to swim toward the children. Eventually, all members of the Ursrey family were pulled to shore.
“I am so grateful, ” Ursrey said later to the newspaper. “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.”
The question now remains of why the boys even swam out so deep, to begin with. The boys, though young, were educated in swimming and the dangers of rip currents, including their unpredictably. The boys’ mother argued that perhaps the boys were off on another of their “deep sea encounters, ” what she refers to as their interest in the aquatic life and the mysteries that lie within.
“They like looking for undiscovered creatures, ” she told the newspaper with a shrug. “Their father and I are always telling them there isn’t anything there that hasn’t been found, but…I guess you never know.”
So did these boys almost risk their lives to become the newest Jacques Cousteau’s? The world may never know.
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— The News Herald (@The_News_Herald) July 10, 2017