Florida Beachgoers Bravely Form Human Chain To Save Nine Drowning People

Written by Kallie Provencher

Wow. Just when you thought the world was going down hill fast, this happens. It’s been reported between 70 and 80 beachgoers in Panama City, Florida saved a drowning family by forming a human chain.

You read that right— a human chain! 

The Telegraph reported on the miraculous (and incredibly brave) human chain as complete strangers joined together to save nine people who were caught in a riptide on July 8.

“Dozens of beachgoers, including some who couldn’t swim, joined together and linked arms to help nine people, including two young children, swept away by the powerful offshore current.”

It’s reported Roberta Ursrey’s two sons, an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old, were caught in the powerful riptide as they frantically waved for help. That’s when Roberta, a few of her family members, and several strangers attempted to save the boys.

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However, they all found themselves being pulled out to sea in the current as well. Police arrived only to be stuck on the beach unable to help while they waited for a boat. That’s when beachgoers proved there’s still hope in humanity after all.

Jessica Simmons, who swam past the chain to reach the drowning family, stated people simply started gathering to form a human chain out to sea.

“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.”

Simmons added that it took about 30 minutes for everyone to safely make it back to shore. While nobody drowned, Roberta’s 67-year-old grandmother did suffer a heart attack in the water and her nephew was treated for a broken hand.

But she’s  grateful for the “angels” who saved her family from the near-death experience:

“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.”


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Kallie Provencher is a Staff Writer for YMBNews. Follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.


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Kallie is a self-proclaimed journalism junkie with a passion for the latest trends. She loves Diet Coke, succulents, and sunny days.