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Monday, 17 July 2017 09:21

‘Y’all Were My Angels’: Family Rescued from Drowning After Beachgoers Formed Human Chain Speaks Out

Written by  Char Adams

The family that almost drowned at Panama City Beach in Florida earlier this month spoke out on Monday alongside the couple that started the 80-person human chain that saved their lives.

Roberta Ursrey, 34, and her husband, Albert, sat beside Jessica and Derek Simmons during the emotional Good Morning America appearance, and couldn’t thank the couple enough for saving nine people trapped in a rip current on July 8.

“Y’all were my angels that day,” Roberta told the couple through tears. “Y’all were my angels that day that saved my family. Without y’all, we wouldn’t be here.”

The Ursreys were at the beach with their two sons, Noah, 11, and Stephen, 8; their daughters, Haley, 18, and Bethany, 9; Roberta’s mother Barbara, 68, and their nephew Justin, 28, when the two boys began struggling in the violent rip current.

“We didn’t do this for any limelight,” Derek said. “We did it because that’s what we would want somebody to do for our family.”

All but the Ursrey’s young daughters jumped in the water to help save the little boys, but soon found themselves fighting for their own lives. Then, Jessica sprang into action. The Alabama native jumped into the water to help while her husband and a few others formed a human chain behind her to bring the family, and four other struggling swimmers, back to shore.

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