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Old 11 July 2017, 01:21 PM
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United States Amazing human chain formed to rescue drowning family in Panama City Beach

It was supposed to just be a quick trip to the beach, but the Saturday afternoon diversion to the water almost ended in unspeakable tragedy for Roberta Ursrey and her family.
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/201...-family-in-pcb

Well, not everyone in Florida is a flake - although as someone raised in Alabama, I'll note that the apparent ringleader of the rescue was an Alabamian.
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Old 11 July 2017, 01:35 PM
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Superb story. That has made my day.

Thanks for that.
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Old 11 July 2017, 02:10 PM
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ATNM! Good to see you posting!

-- and yes, great story.
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Old 11 July 2017, 03:01 PM
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Isn't this the city where Spam & Cookies lives?

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Old 11 July 2017, 03:38 PM
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'Alabamian' sounds vaguely eastern European, perhaps even middle eastern, I don't know if I trust it ....
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Old 11 July 2017, 07:02 PM
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'Alabamian' sounds vaguely eastern European, perhaps even middle eastern, I don't know if I trust it ....
Don't! All those critters that Australians call "deadly monsters", Alabamians call "lunch."
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Old 11 July 2017, 07:03 PM
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ATNM! Good to see you posting!
Thanks. I did not 100% go away, but I decided to simplify my life in a number of ways, and this was one of the things that mostly got tossed. But I liked this story too much and had nowhere else to share it.
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Old 12 July 2017, 12:25 AM
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I get that but it sure is good to see you. (We don't want to have to make a human chain down to Atlanta to check on you! It never gets past Memphis. Graceland, I think.)
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Old 12 July 2017, 02:38 AM
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/joins ganzfeld's human chain
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Old 12 July 2017, 01:55 PM
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Old 12 July 2017, 04:36 PM
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I have to say it's been easy lately to succumb to nihilism but this put a big crack in that outlook. 80 strangers risked their lives without a second thought.

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Old 12 July 2017, 04:50 PM
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Isn't this the city where Spam & Cookies lives?

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Yes. We're FB friends, and she's posted about this story.
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Old 12 July 2017, 05:26 PM
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First of all, welcome back ATNM.

Anyways, for those caught in a rip current without the benefit of a human chain but who still don't want to die, the thing to do is swim parallel to the shoreline until clear of the outgoing current stream.

It would have been nice if they had included that as a PSA in the article to perhaps help future beach-goers in duress. I guess they did successfully complete items three and four below, so there's that...

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Old 12 July 2017, 06:31 PM
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No 'like' button here, but thanks for posting. It's always great to see people coming together spontaneously when an actual human being -- or in this case, several -- need help.

I wish we could somehow extend that spirit to situations where the danger is just as real but not as obvious or immediate...
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Old 14 July 2017, 03:59 PM
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I agree that this human chain shows that there is some hope left. I heard a piece on NPR last night interviewing one woman who helped connect the family to the chain and to safety. When everyone got back to ankle-deep water they let out a cheer.
And shortly returned to the smaller groups from which they came. Sometimes it can feel good to be part of these species!
Back to the grasslands we go.

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Old 14 July 2017, 06:41 PM
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Anyways, for those caught in a rip current without the benefit of a human chain but who still don't want to die, the thing to do is swim parallel to the shoreline until clear of the outgoing current stream.
The Washington Post article I originally saw about this story did say that the first two people to attempt to help the swimmers did try to go parallel (I assume that's what "sideways" meant), but still couldn't break free of the riptide.

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Tabatha Monroe and her wife, Brittany, in Panama City for a birthday getaway, were the first two to hear the boys’ panicked cries for help. The couple had just gone into the water when they saw the boys far from shore. They swam over and grabbed hold of their boogie boards.
But when they tried towing them back to shore, the women couldn’t break free of the current.
They tried to swim straight and they tried to swim sideways, Tabatha Monroe told The Washington Post, but nothing worked. After about 10 minutes, a few young men with a surfboard snagged Brittany and towed her back to shore, just as the number of people who needed rescuing grew.
Scary, since that is what we are told to do in that situation.
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Old 14 July 2017, 06:53 PM
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I kind of wonder what "sideways" means. Does it mean relative to the beach, or just something like a side-stroke? Perhaps the WaPo article makes it clear, but I can't view it due to a pay wall. I've never had that problem with WaPo before...
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Old 14 July 2017, 09:57 PM
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It means parallel to the shore, thus perpendicular to the riptide.
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Old 14 July 2017, 10:06 PM
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I recently saw a new study where they found out rip tides go in a oval pattern. It advised allowing the rip tide to take you because it will usually return you to shore on its own. It said that many swimmers exhaust themselves unnecessarily swimming parallel to shore.
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Old 15 July 2017, 12:54 AM
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Well now I'm beginning to thinks it's best not to swim in the Ocean or large bodies of water altogether. Or rivers (for different reasons).
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