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80 Strangers Form a Human Chain to Rescue Drowning Family


A heroic scene was witnessed at the Panama City Beach in Florida, Saturday night when 80 strangers formed a human chain to save the lives of almost an entire family consisting of nine adults and two children.

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Paula Beach

According to a report by Today, 11-year-old Noah and 8-year-old Stephen got caught in a rip current and started calling for help. Unfortunately, there were no lifeguards on duty at that time.

The mother of the two boys, Roberta Ursrey, immediately came to the aid of her sons along with two other swimmers but all the rescuers were also sucked out by the powerful current.

Since a rescue boat has yet to arrive, beachgoers decided to take action forming a human chain that reached to almost 80 people in order to save the drowning family.

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Roberta Ursrey

Jessica Simmons and her husband, Derek, were at the forefront of this incredible human chain and she wrote a long Facebook post detailing the experience.

“To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely amazing to see!! People who didn’t even know each other went HAND IN HAND IN A LINE, into the water to try and reach them. Pause and just IMAGINE that.” Jessica wrote.

Simmons also detailed the emotional and physical ordeal that the grandmother of the boys went through in trying to save her grandsons – “I took the boogie board and went back in and handed it to the grandmother, who at his point was barely alive. She was so out of it, that we couldn’t keep her on the board,” narrated Jessica.

“She looked right at Derek and told him, ‘Let me go, just let me die and save yourself’. My heart sank. I was not going to let this lady die,” she added.

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Rosalind Beckton

After almost an hour, the beach burst into applause and celebration after bringing everyone to safety.

Ursrey, in an interview with Panama City News Herald, said: “These people were God’s angels that were in the right place at the right time. I owe my life and my family’s life to them. Without them, we wouldn’t be here.”