Wednesday, 12 July 2017

An odd one from US: In a testament to the true human spirit, 80 beachgoers formed a human chain in Panama Beach City in Florida to help save a family pulled out to sea by strong tides.

Roberta Ursey and her family were at the beach on Saturday when she heard her sons crying out for help. Luckily, Jessica Simmons and her husband came to the rescue, encouraging people to hold hands and reach out for those who were in difficulties.

"To see people from different races and genders come into action to help total strangers is absolutely amazing! People who didn't even know each other went hand in hand in a line, into the water to try and reach them," said Ms Simmons.

Ms Ursey's mother, who was among several others trapped in the rip current, suffered a heart attack and remains in hospital.

Ms Simmons, who is from Alabama and said she was raised in a pool and a lake since she could crawl, said that there were heavy rains at the beach when the incident occurred. "I can hold my breath underwater and go around a Olympic pool with ease! I knew I could get them to the human chain of people that wanted to help," she stated.

Alongside her husband and with the help of those forming the human chain, Ms Simmons shuttled people to safety on her bodyboard.

Source: The BBC
Author: Lamia Estatie

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