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Human Chain Saves Family From Drowning in Ocean

If This Photo of a Human Chain Saving a Drowning Family Doesn't Bring You Hope, Nothing Will

If you are looking to see some good in the world, The Panama City News Herald has a photo that will give you hope, 80 times over. After Florida beachgoers noticed a family trapped in a rip current this weekend, strangers banded together to save them. They formed an 80-person human chain, The Panama City News Herald reported, to reach the nine people trapped in 15-feet-deep water.

"I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day," said Roberta Ursrey, who noticed her sons screaming and swam out to them only to be caught herself. "It was like, 'Oh God, this is how I'm going.'"

The rescuers, led by Jessica Simmons, towed the children along the chain and pulled them to the shore before saving the adults. "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."

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