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NFT: Good news ed.: Human chain saves 9 people from drowning.

manh george : 7/11/2017 10:59 am
The world could use some positive news, and this qualifies:

9 people were being killed buy a rip tide, in Panama City, the official response was slow as sh!t, and attempted rescues just got more people in trouble. So people created a human chain and saved them all. The image is too big, but the link is here.

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/07/received_10155605249971349.jpeg& w=1484


Btw, I didn't realize that Gulf beaches got those kinds of rip tides except during storms. I guess they didn't either.
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I like the other human centipede more, tho  
Moondawg : 7/11/2017 11:07 am : link
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If they didn't realize it, they should have  
Greg from LI : 7/11/2017 11:09 am : link
I lived down there for about seven years. Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Orange Beach....all of them had some pretty strong rip currents from time to time.
The Washington Post picture is crazy  
MadPlaid : 7/11/2017 11:11 am : link
Such a busy beach with this giant human chain in the middle of it. Glad the story has a relatively happy ending.
and for those unfamiliar  
Greg from LI : 7/11/2017 11:13 am : link
Never try to fight the rip current. Swim parallel to shore until you get out of it. They aren't that wide.
RE: and for those unfamiliar  
MadPlaid : 7/11/2017 11:18 am : link
In comment 13525252 Greg from LI said:
Quote:
Never try to fight the rip current. Swim parallel to shore until you get out of it. They aren't that wide.
Exactly right.
One of the articles says that they tried swimming parallel..  
manh george : 7/11/2017 11:21 am : link
looking for the break. The problem was that they were out there too long looking for the break in the rip, and several people were exhausted.
Cool story  
Taggart : 7/11/2017 12:54 pm : link
As others have stated, it is a rip current, not a rip tide.
Well done.  
section125 : 7/11/2017 4:38 pm : link
Bravo.
Where were the life guards?  
bigschott : 7/12/2017 8:41 am : link
Not a very good job by the beach allowing swimmers in a rip current.
PCB doesn't have lifeguards  
Greg from LI : 7/12/2017 9:32 am : link
I don't think any of the beaches in the Panhandle do. They didn't when I lived there, anyway.
I won't start a new thread...  
Dunedin81 : 7/12/2017 9:50 am : link
but a life-affirming anecdote from the other day. Friends of friends lost their preteen son in an ATV accident. He was brain-dead and was on a ventilator so they could line up organ recipients. His parents were undoubtedly grief-struck, but they conveyed through traditional and social media what seemed to be sincere and particularized join about the various lives that their son would be able to impact in his passing. A remarkable sentiment to maintain in the midst of some of the worst imaginable tragedy.
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