80 Strangers Formed A Human Chain To Save A Drowning Family.
Simmons jumped on a boogie board while her husband started a human chain to help the swimmers.
Simmons remembers telling herself "these people are not drowning today. It's not happening. We are going to get them out." The human chain stretched 100 yards with about 80 people holding arms.
"I got to the end, and I know I’m a really good swimmer," Simmons reveals. "I practically lived in a pool. I knew I could get out there and get to them."
The first pair to be rescued were Noah and Stephen. They were passed down through the human chain until they reached the shore.
By the time Simmons reached Ursrey, the mom was barely able to keep her head above water. She says Simmons told her to keep going. It took about an hour to get all 10 swimmers on dry land.
Ursrey's 67-year-old mom, Barbara Franz, was the last person to be rescued. She had told her son-in-law and nephew to let her go. "That’s when the chain got the biggest," Ursrey says. "They linked up wrists, legs, arms. If they were there, they were helping."
"It was the most remarkable thing to see," Simmons adds. "These people who don’t even know each other and they trust each other that much to get them to safety."
Franz suffered a massive heart attack and an aortic aneurysm in her stomach but is now in stable condition. One of the swimmers stranded, Brittany Monroe, had a panic attack but has been released from the hospital.
When everyone was rescued beachgoers applauded and cheered.
Simmons calls the experience, life changing. "To see people from different races and genders come into action to help total strangers is absolutely amazing," she shared on Facebook. "People who didn't even know each other went hand in hand in a line, into the water to try and reach them."
Source: Washington Post
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