A family Panama City Beach trip almost turned deadly, when 9 people started to drown in the current. “I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day”, Roberta Ursrey told NFW Daily News.
Ursey was on the shore when she noticed her nephews and sons struggling in the water. She and other family members swam out to them to help, and they got caught in the riptide current.
When other beach goers noticed the family in distress, they bolted into action. One guy paddle boarded out to them, while others started forming a human chain, to pull them all back into safety.
Everyone of the 9 people made it to safety because of the quick hero actions of 80 people who stretched out over 100 yards to save the victims. Jessica Simmons and her husband said, “These people are not drowning today......We’re going to get them out.”
The grandmother of the drowning family had a heart attack during the ordeal and the nephew broke his hand, but everyone seems to be doing fine. “I am so grateful,” Ursrey told NFW. “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.”
Such a scary moment to witness I'm sure, but what an amazing moment of humanity and compassion as well. We need to see more of that in today's world, to reassure us that it still exists.