It’s summer and people love to spend their weekends on the beach. But you never know what may come ,Something similar happened when a family was enjoying their picnic and were caught in a dangerous riptide.
Roberta Ursrey and her family were at Panama City Beach when she suddenly noticed that her sons were too far into the water. The boys were screaming, so Ursrey and her relatives quickly swam up to them, but they too got trapped in a rip current.
“I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day. It was like, ‘Oh God, this is how I’m going’,” Roberta Ursrey told them. All nine of them were trapped in 15ft of water, and the force of water pulling them inside.
The family was trapped in the current that is when Jessica Simmons, noticed all the commotion and decided to help them out. “I automatically thought they had seen a shark,” I ran back to shore and my husband ran over to them. That’s when I knew someone was drowning” Simmons said.
While Simmons paddled towards the family, her husband had formed a huge human chain of 80 member to help the family drowning.
Simmons said when she finally reached to the place where they were drowning, she saw how exhausted they were. Ursrey’s mother’s eyes were rolling in the back of her head and she told Simmons to leave her and save the rest. The elderly lady even suffered a heart attack due to stress. Her nephew had a broken hand. Everyone now are recovering from the deadly encounter with the sea.
“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.” Ursrey’s .
A spokesman for the Panama Beach police department said two of their officers were present throughout the incident and were asking people to not go deeper into the sea,fearing they would also become caught in the current. He said a rescue boat was ordered from wildlife authorities but did not reach in time.