A 7-year-old Florida boy spent an hour making his way to shore to call for help – when his sister and dad were swept away by the current.
“Steven Post said he anchored his boat on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, to let the children, 7-year-old Chase and 4-year-old Abigail, swim. According to Chase, Abigail was suddenly swept up by a strong current. That’s when Powst told the boy to swim to shore and tried to reach his daughter, who was wearing a life jacket. “I said I loved him because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” Poust recalled.
It took Chase an hour to get to shore. He said he swam on his back and doggy-style so he wouldn’t get exhausted. Once on dry land, the child ran to the nearest house for help. Meanwhile, his father and sister were drifting about a mile and a half to two miles from where the boat was, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD).
JFRD spokesman Eric Proswimmer said at a news conference that JFRD was able to reach the boat, but had to contact other agencies before doing so to expand the search. According to Proswimmer, had it not been for the help of his colleagues, the end of the story might have been very different. “We got all the resources we could as quickly as we could, and we’re happy to say that all three victims were rescued,” he said. “We couldn’t have dreamed of a better outcome.”