Human Chain of 80 People Rescues Drowning Family Trapped by Rip Current

A family got stuck in a rip current on Panama City Beach and escaped the waves after a chain of strangers stepped in to rescue them, according to CBS Philly.

A casual visit to Panama City Beach, Florida nearly turned deadly for Roberta Ursrey and her family on Saturday.

Roberta Ursrey, the mother of the two young boys who were caught in the current, toldCNN that "she spotted the boys, who are 8 and 11, screaming and crying far out in the water". She thought someone was getting a ticket at first, but everyone's attention was focused on the water. "That is when I seen the police truck on the beach. and that is when I knew someone was drowning.my heart sank", she said. Bystanders started forming a human chain until there were dozens of people in this group partaking in an incredible rescue that stretched far off shore.

Simmons grabbed a boogie board and began to swim towards the family in distress while her husband, Derek, started a human chain along with several other men.

The swimmers were saved from possible drowning Saturday afternoon with the by-standers forming a human chain to pull them out of rip currents.

But before they knew it, two good samaritans would start a chain to save them.

"It was the most remarkable thing to see", Simmons told the Herald. Ursrey's 27-year-old nephew, 67-year-old mother, and 31-year-old husband also became trapped as they tried to rescue the swimmers.

The rest of the family joined in to save the kids but were caught in the rip currents, prompting beachgoers to form a chain.

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

But that's when Jessica Simmons of Alabama jumped in to help.

When police arrived, there were nine people in real trouble out in the surf, and they were all being pulled further away from shore.

If you can't swim, float or calmly tread water.

Quick-thinking sunbathers formed a more than 80-person human chain to rescue a family caught in a unsafe riptide over the weekend in Florida.

All members of the family were rescued and are recovering after their ordeal. Ursrey's mother had a heart attack in the water and told rescuers to "let her go" and save themselves. "I ran back to shore and my husband ran over to them". Other than the right people being in the right place at the right time, Simmons notes something that embodies the inspiring parts of the human character.

The other swimmer who was transported to the hospital remains in critical condition but is improving.

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