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[VIDEO] Beachgoers in Florida Form Human Chain to Save Family Trapped in Riptide

When nine people in Florida were trapped in a riptide current, they thought they were going to die. Thanks to the swift action of two beachgoers, nearly 80 people formed a human chain to rescue them.

This past Saturday, Roberta Ursrey was enjoying time on the beach with her family when she realized her two children were no longer visible from the shore. Noah, 11, and Stephen, 8, were heard screaming and crying, fearful of the tide that was taking them further into the water.

Ursrey, her husband, mother and nephews refused to watch them drown and dove into the ocean to save the boys. However, they became trapped, as well.

“I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day,” Ursrey told the Panama City News Herald. “It was like ‘Oh, God, this is how I’m going.’”

As they were slipping into a state of distress, beachgoer Jessica Simmons and her husband, Derek, sprung into action. Simmons knew she was a strong swimmer, so she grabbed a nearby boogie board and started paddling toward the family.

The two began forming a chain and soon, there was a line of people linking together to connect Simmons to the shore. They started with the young boys and were able to rescue everyone who was stranded.

“It was the most remarkable thing to see,” Simmons said. “These people who don’t even know each other and they trust each other that much to get them to safety.”

It’s no surprise that Ursrey is eternally grateful for the kind strangers who pulled together to help her family. Ursrey told the Panama City News Herald, “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.”

To read more about this incredible rescue mission, click here.