A “human chain” saved a boy from drowning in the ocean in New Zealand. The 12-year-old boy was playing with a friend along the water’s edge when he was swept out to sea by rough waters.
Beachgoers formed a human chain to human chain to pull him back to shore. The boy, Josh McQuiod, was dragged almost 500 feet along the beach on Marine Parade in Napier.
He also fought for eight minutes against the pounding surf before the rescue was successful. McQuiod recalled, “The waves smashed me so much, there were five really big ones, they flipped me around quite a few times.”
Constable Paul Bailey was the first one into the water to rescue the boy, but he found it difficult to hold on to McQuiod. Another police officer was able to organize the human chain from the shoreline into the water where the constable and the 12-year-old boy were fighting.
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