Beachgoers Formed Massive Human Chain To Save Entire Family From Rip Current

Over 70 strangers locked arms to save a family, including two young boys, ages 8 and 11, who were screaming and crying.

By Gina Tron

Beachgoers formed a human chain to save a family that was caught in a rip current on Saturday in  Florida’s Panama City Beach.

Roberta Ursery told NBC affiliate WJHG that her sons, ages 8 and 11, were caught in a rip current far out in the water.  

"They were screaming and crying that they were stuck and they couldn't go no where," she said. Ursrey and other family members ran into the water to help the boys but they also got stuck in the rip current. Ursrey, her 27-year-old nephew, 67-year-old mother and 31-year-old husband all got struggled to stay afloat, according to the Washington Post.

People on the beach, strangers, locked arms saved the family.

"We got caught in the current and well our mom had to go in after me and my brother and the people made a human chain and pulled us out," Stephen Usrey, 8 years-old, said.

Jessica Simmons was part of that human chain.

"It went from like five people to about 70 people at the end. It lasted well over an hour," she said. "At the very end we all started clapping and cheering because they were so happy over the fact that we accomplished it." Simmons explained.

[NBC News]

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