Something that Roberta Ursrey’s family unfortunately experienced first hand when her sons were first caught in a rip current.
Ursrey heard her children screaming for help, so she swam out with her relatives to rescue them, but they were all soon caught in the current. All nine of them were trapped in 15 feet of water.
But beachgoer Jessica Simmons, who, by chance, had picked up a discarded boogie board that day, noticed the family out deep in the water, and paddled towards them with intent of helping. Meanwhile, her husband, along with some others, made a human chain that started at the shore.
The chain eventually grew to 80 people and stretched nearly 100 yards, with the stronger swimmers wading in the deeper waters. The help came just in time, too. Simmons recounts seeing Ursrey swallowing a lot of water as she helped bring the children back to shore.
The 80 or so beachgoers safely brought Ursrey and her entire family to safety. Ursrey doesn’t recall being rescued, just waking up on the shore.
Simmons counts the rescue as a victory for humanity.
One of the witnesses, Rosalind Beckton, who uploaded photos of the rescue on Facebook alleges that there were people in uniform who sat idly by as the human chain was being formed.
In any event, it’s amazing to see complete strangers think so quickly in the nick of time to save some fellow human beings. (h/t news herald)