Ursrey's mother has been hospitalized for her massive heart attack and her nephew has a broken hand, but Ursrey reports that the family is recovering. The rest of the family swam out to help, only to get caught up in the current themselves.
Meanwhile, Jessica Simmons and her husband had come to the beach for dinner.
Along with Ursrey family members, a few bystanders were also stranded, and they too became victims of the ocean's fury in this rip current when swimming out attempting to save the Ursrey family. More than 80 percent of rescues by beach lifeguards are the result of swimmers who are stuck in the rip currents.
Tabatha Monroe told The Washington Post, they tried to swim sideways and straight to shore, but nothing worked.
People kept joining in the human chain to make sure the family of nine could be saved.
Roberta told the Panama City News Herald, "These people were God's angels that were in the right place at the right time". Making a bad situation worse, Ursrey's mother, Barbara Franz, who was still in the water, was suffering a heart attack. Upon returning to the sand after jumping in the water herself, Simmons noticed everyone else on the beach was looking and pointing somewhere inside the water. She received treatment at a nearby hospital and is now in stable condition.
The whole family was rescued by the heroic beachgoers, but some of them suffered injuries.
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