Have you ever caught in a riptide while swimming in the ocean? If not you can count yourself lucky. The confusing effects of the under-current’s pulling on your body can leave you panicked and gasping for air and its fatal.
Something that Roberta Ursrey’s family unfortunately experienced first hand when her sons were first caught in a rip current. Ursrey heard her children screaming, so she swam into the sea with her relatives to rescue them, but they were all soon caught in the current. All nine of them were trapped in 15 feet of water.
“I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day. It was like, ‘Oh God, this is how I’m going.'”
But Jessica Simmons, a beachgoer, who by chance, had picked up a discarded boogie board that day, noticed the family out deep in the water, and paddled towards them with intent of helping. Meanwhile, her husband, along with some others, made a human chain that started at the shore.
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The chain eventually grew to 80 people with the stronger swimmers in the deeper waters. The 80 or so beachgoers safely brought Ursrey and her entire family to safety. Ursrey doesn’t recall being rescued, just waking up on the shore.
“I am so grateful. 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.”