A boy of just 7 years old is being treated like a hero in the city of Jacksonville, Florida (USA), after swimming for more than an hour to save his father and sister, who were taken by the current on Friday ( 28).
Steven Poust was fishing in a river with his two children, Chase, 7, and Abigail, 4, swimming next to him in the family boat, anchored. According to the News 4 Jax channel, affiliated with CNN, the girl was hit by an unexpected current, which took her away from the vessel.
Poust immediately threw himself into the sea and clung to his daughter, with his 7-year-old son also distancing himself from the boat to try to help his sister, who was wearing a life jacket. Together they were dragged more than a kilometer away from where the boat was.
“I told them I loved them because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” said the father, commenting on his reaction to the problem.
But thanks to Chase, the firstborn, Poust had a chance to tell the story. Faced with tiredness, which prevented him from trying to swim back to the boat, the father asked the boy to seek help.
The boy swam for over 1 hour until he saw a house near the river, saving his family.
“The current was going in the opposite direction from that of the boat and the coast, so it was very difficult to swim like that,” said the 7-year-old, who floated on his back and swam “puppy” style to reach land.
Then, the firefighters and the Fish Conservation Commission helped rescue the family. “I screamed for help at the top of my lungs and waved my arms and sure enough someone heard us,” said Poust. “The little man [Chase] he also managed to get to the coast and got help and that was what saved our lives “, concludes the man.
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