Human Chain Rescues Family from Drowning

Marsha Scott
July 12, 2017

The drama began Saturday when two boys, ages 8 and 11, began shouting for help because they were powerless in the current.

If you are looking to see some good in the world, The Panama City News Herald has a photo that will give you hope, 80 times over. 'It's not happening. We're going to get them out, ' she recalled telling herself.

She was a strong swimmer and fearless in the face of adversity.

The rescue effort took about an hour. Authorities opted to wait for a rescue boat, reports the Post, but beachgoers thought otherwise. One by one, the drowning family members were pulled to the shore by the people in the human chain.

Ursrey's children, Stephen and his older brother, Noah, were rescued first.

Roberta Ursrey and her relatives swam out in the water after seeing that her sons appeared to be trapped. They swam over and grabbed hold of their boogie boards. "When someone like me can swim, why not use your abilities to help someone?" Another unidentified couple struggled to tread water nearby. Then she thought it was a shark and started to get out the water. "Boy, do I have a story", she said. The newspaper reports that people began forming a human chain, eventually reaching about 100 yards into the ocean.

Brittany Monroe, 25, left, with her wife, Tabatha, 35. The news made Jessica Simmons' heart sink: A group of people got caught in the rip tide. "These people were God's angels that were in the right place at the right time". "I practically lived in a pool".

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Eight people may owe their lives to dozens of complete strangers who lent them a hand, quite literally, this weekend.

Ms Ursey, who was rescued from the water alongside her family, told the News Herald: "I am so grateful". "My family is going to die this way". "I didn't know what to do but people were moving fast and they were just putting their heads together and making it happen all at once".

Ursrey doesn't remember being rescued, just waking up on shore after she passed out. "If they were there, they were helping". She started walking back to the beach and heard them screaming. "That's why we're here today". She was resuscitated and is recovering in the hospital. Her mother suffered a heart attack during the ordeal and very almost died.

Around 80 beachgoers worked together to pull each of the family members back to shore, with the only injuries reported being a broken hand for Ursrey's nephew and her mother being hospitalized following her heart attack.

"It was the most remarkable thing to see", Simmons told the News Herald.

Jessica Simmons didn't realize what the commotion around the beach was.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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