Even Mother Nature is no match for the power of human compassion.
Thankfully, in this case, 80 everyday people managed to save multiple lives, which would’ve been lost in the brutal death grip of a dangerous riptide.
It all began when Roberta Ursrey and her husband heard their two sons screaming for help; the boys were about 100 yards from the shore and obviously, something was critically wrong.
A nasty riptide had them in its clutches and when another couple tried to rescue them, the riptide snared them, too. Other Ursrey family members jumped in but were also caught in the current.
One a brave surfer was able to tow one of the women to shore, but 9 others were still in need of rescue.
With no lifeguard on duty and the police opting to wait for a rescue boat, things were looking awfully dark. Those caught in the riptide kept struggling to keep their heads above water but obviously, time was running out.
Then, something absolutely incredible happened.
Beach goers started to take control: They formed a human chain that stretched out into the sea; they linked arms and marched out there to catch the floundering victims in a human net.
And did you know that some of these individuals didn’t even know how to swim? They just grabbed a hold of someone’s arm and went in…and it was quite the scene.
Said one of the onlookers, Jessica Mae Simmons, whose husband suggested they form the chain:
“To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely amazing to see!!
People who didn’t even know each other went HAND IN HAND IN A LINE, into the water to try and reach them.”
All told, 80 people went out there and unbelievably, it worked.
The Ursrey boys were retrieved and then came the mother, the other family members, and those who had initially tried to help.
Yes, everyone was saved; Mother Nature didn’t manage to take a single life this day. And that’s not a battle humans often win, so we should stand and applaud human bravery and ingenuity when we get the chance!