He should receive the due recognition for his bravery.
Recently, a seven-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero as he had been swimming for an hour to find help for his family when they became stranded in a river.
According to the reports, Chase Poust has gone out with his father, Steven, and his four-year-old sister, Abigail on Friday, May 28, at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend.
In Jacksonville, Florida’s St. Johns River, close to Mandarin Point, the trio had anchored their boat. Steven had planned to do a spot of fishing while his two kids played in the water nearby.
However, the tide was stronger than Steven had realized. It didn’t take long for seven-year-old Chase to see Abigail, who was wearing a life jacket, pulling away from the boat.
“The tide was so strong. My sister usually hangs out at the back of the boat. So, I let go of the boat and grabbed her, and then, I was stuck,” Chase remarked in an exclusive interview with news channel WJXT.
Even though he didn’t have a life jacket, Chase let go of the boat and tried to save his sister. Steven also jumped into the water to rescue his daughter, but she kept drifting away.
“I told them I loved them because I had no clue what was going to happen. I tried to get connected to both of them. I wore myself out, then she drifted away from me.” This was Steven’s emotional note for News4Jax.
Despite being terrified, Chase was able to swim to the shore. To avoid getting too tired to maintain his head above water, he alternated between doggie paddling and floating on his back.
The young boy struggled against the tide for an hour. Once he reached the dry land, he ran for assistance.
Steven further explained that he yelled for help at the top of his lungs and waved his arms for someone to notice them. The kid also made it to the shore and got help and that’s what saved our lives.”
Having drifted a mile from their boat, Steven and Abigail were rescued an hour later with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
At a press conference, Eric Pros swimmer, a spokesperson for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, stated: “We had every resource we could possibly have. That is why we could come quickly and we’re happy to see all three have recovered, and all three are doing well. We couldn’t have wished for a better result.
What a narrow escape! It’s a miracle that tiny Chase could swim and seek the treatment he so sorely needed.
This incident brings an important message to all parents. Please always use the utmost caution when out on the water with kids. As mentioned here, things may and frequently do in the blink of an eye.
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