Amazing human chain formed to rescue drowning family in PCB
By ERYN DION News Herald Reporter
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at 4:39 PM Updated at 9:05 AM
- “I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day,” Roberta Ursrey said. “It was like, ‘Oh God, this is how I’m going.’”
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PANAMA CITY BEACH — It was supposed to just be a quick trip to the beach, but the Saturday afternoon diversion to the water almost ended in unspeakable tragedy for Roberta Ursrey and her family.
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As Simmons paddled, the human chain grew, with 80 people stretching over 100 yards out to the distressed swimmers. Some of them couldn’t swim, Simmons said, but wanted to help and stayed in the shallows. Others stood in water up to their necks, waiting for Simmons and her husband to cover the last few feet so they could pass the swimmers to shore.
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Very impressive example of “spontaneous order”. Everyone was a “first responder”.
Clearly the lady who “had lived in a pool” was the spark plug, but everyone deserves credit.
Nice to see place the welfare of their fellow man over their own fears.
Imagine what more we can all do if we just look out for our “neighbors”.
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