“To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers is absolutely amazing to see!! People who didn’t even know each other went HAND IN HAND IN A LINE, into the water to try and reach them. Pause and just IMAGINE that.”
Source: Rip currents swept away a Florida family. Then dozens of beachgoers formed a human chain. – The Washington Post
And what feels like an ever divisive world, it’s wonderful to see people coming together — literally — to help one another.
It’s wonderful that these folks got rescued, but it should never have needed to happen. It’s almost always pretty easy to escape a rip-current since they’re generally quite narrow. Typically 100 feet or less across. Just swim parallel to the shore in either direction (just pick one at random) and you’ll soon be out of the current. This is one of those things that that they don’t teach in school and isn’t mentioned enough on news programs and the like, even when the weather person is talking about the risk of rip currents