Human Chain Of Beachgoers Saves Family Caught In Rip Current

One of those moments was a human chain created by Panama City beachgoers to save a family from drowning. He said a rescue boat was ordered from wildlife authorities but did not reach the scene in time.

"One of the biggest problems is people treat the ocean as they would a swimming pool, especially when the waves are smaller", Paxton said.

If you are looking to see some good in the world, The Panama City News Herald has a photo that will give you hope, 80 times over. Still, they ventured into the surf to help save the exhausted swimmers, who had been treading water for at least 20 minutes.

"I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day", Ursrey said.

Ursrey does not remember being rescued, only walking up back to shore after she passed out.

"These people are not drowning today", Simmons told CBS, recalling what she was telling herself.

"It seemed very OK where me and my wife went out to, but a little ways out was two kids on the boogey board screaming for help and nobody was around", Brittany Monroe said on the phone Monday. "I knew I could get out there and get to them". "That's when I knew someone was drowning". "I knew I could get out there and get to them". The chain was led by Jessica Simmons and her husband. While Simmons grabbed a boogie board and swam out to meet the distressed, her husband and other beachgoers started a human chain.

Simmons was happy to see so many people band together to help rescue Ursrey's family. She later realized they were caught in a rip current. She blacked out, but woke up safe on the sand. With all nine members of the family struggling, Ursrey's mother reportedly suffered a heart attack. She suffered a massive heart attack and an aortic aneurysm in her stomach, but has been taken off the ventilator and is considered to be in stable condition. Her mother was taken ashore and survived and her nephew broke his hand. One by one, her family followed after her and they too were overtaken by the water.

"From what we were told, they were instructed to stay on the beach because there was a boat on the way, but we were in the water for nearly an hour and there was no boat", he said.

According to the Washington Post, the whole ordeal has given the Ursreys, who just moved to Florida from the state of Georgia a month ago, a newfound respect for the power of the water.

Ms Beckton added that she didn't see any lifeguards on duty at the time.

While Spivey said he's glad the human chain helped, he's seen other scenarios where amateur rescuers have gotten into trouble themselves while trying to rescue people from rip currents and other hard conditions.

"It went from, like, five people to about 70 people at the end".

The brigade eventually reached about 80 beach goers who locked arms.

Vanessa Coleman