Massive Chain Saves Family From Drowning at Florida Beach

Massive Chain Saves Family From Drowning at Florida Beach

Massive Chain Saves Family From Drowning at Florida Beach

"So we kept walking, and when we got over there, there was a guy in the water, saying, 'Man, they're all stuck out there, the riptide's pulled them out, I tried to go out there; if I go any farther, I'm going to get stuck'".

The couple tried to swim over to the kids and help. Jessica Simmons got on her board and swam towards those in need with her husband close behind as the chain stretched more than 100 yards off shore.

By then, Ursrey and the other eight people stranded with her had already been in the water for almost 20 minutes, fighting for their lives.

"They were screaming and crying that they were stuck", Ursrey recalled in an interview with the publication. "I knew I could get out there and get to them".

According to the outlet, 80 people, some standing in water up to their necks, helped form the chain.

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That was when another beachgoer, Jessica Simmons, spotted the family stranded in the water and realized they were drowning. She remembers telling rescuers to "save themselves" as she blacked out. "Without them, we wouldn't be here".

Ms Ursey, who was rescued from the water alongside her family, told the News Herald: "I am so grateful". When a tornado ripped through a neighborhood in Alabama, Jessica Simmons was out in the wreckage with her chainsaw. With all nine members of the family struggling, Ursrey's mother reportedly suffered a heart attack. While Simmons grabbed a boogie board and swam out to meet the distressed, her husband and other beachgoers started a human chain. That when someone is drowning, we just can't turn our backs on them.

"To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely incredible, " said Ms Simmons. Monroe was later released after being treated for a panic attack and Franz remains hospitalized, her daughter said.

"The tide knocked every bit of energy out of us", Ursrey told The Washington Post.

In a Facebook post, Jessica Simmons expressed a similar sentiment: "To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely awesome to see! They were so courageous to get out there and risk their lives to save others", said Beckton, who offered her CPR services on shore.

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