Visitors on a Florida beach formed an 80-person human chain to rescue nine members of a family who had been caught in a riptide and pulled too far from shore.
Roberta Ursrey and her family were enjoying the day at M.B. Miller County Pier on the Gulf of Mexico when she noticed her sons were missing. Despite of warning, Ursrey, her mother and five other family members swam to the boys’ aid, but then found themselves also trapped in 15-feet of water.
Jessica Simmons who saw people pointing at the water, jumped on the board and began swimming toward Ursrey’s family.
Simmons’ husband and some other men started a human chain to bring everyone back to shore. Some couldn’t swim, so stayed in shallow water. Eventually, about 80 people were involved and got to within feet of the family.
Simmons, her husband and some others then towed the family to the chain, which passed them back to shore.
Ursrey’s mother suffered a major heart attack during the ordeal and remains hospitalized. A nephew suffered a broken hand. Otherwise, everyone was safe.