– A father and his two children were out boating when tragedy struck and left them staring death in the face
– While the father struggled to hang onto his youngest child, a four-year-old daughter, his son swam to the shore
– It took the seven-year-old an hour to reach the shore, but he managed to find help for them
Steven Poust was enjoying a boating outing with his two children Chase and Abigail on the St Johns River when things took a dramatic turn.
According to the father, he had tethered his boat to an anchor when four-year-old Abigail let go after strong currents rocked their vessel.
When Poust jumped into the water to save his children, he instructed seven-year-old Chase to swim back to the shore while he struggled to go after Abigail.
“I told them I loved him because I wasn’t sure what’s going to happen,” said Poust.
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As much as the little girl was wearing a life jacket, the waves kept pushing her farther into the water, making it tiresome for her father to get to her.
CNN reports that Chase swam for a whole hour before reaching the shore, adding that he floated on his back while trotting as a way of preserving his energy.
“The current was going the opposite way of going to the boat and the shore so it was very hard to swim that way,” revealed Chase.
By the time he reached the shore and sought help, his dad and sister had wafted over two kilometres away from their boat.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) aided by other agencies swung into action and managed to save the father and his daughter.
“We had every resource we could have possibly had coming quickly and we’re happy to say all three have been recovered, and all three are doing well,” said the JFRD spokesperson Eric Prosswimmer.
Poust remains grateful that the seven-year-old braved the challenges and made it to shore in one piece to save their lives.
Boy Swims on Sea with Plastic Bottles
Meanwhile, a desperate migrant boy has employed the use of waste plastic bottles to keep himself afloat in the water as he tried to beat security.
In a short video shared by Sky News on Instagram, the boy formed a ring of bottles around his waist as he swam fiercely.
When the camera caught his face, he had a pleading look as he stretched his hands. The same media gathers that he was trying to reach the Spanish enclave called Ceuta.