Brave seven-year-old swims a mile to shore to get help for his sister, 4, and father after they were swept away by a powerful current
- Chase Poust (7) swam to shore for about an hour after a current separated him from his sister and father in a river in Jacksonville on Friday
- His four-year-old sister and father were still in the water when he reached the shore
- Chase got help and the Jacksonville fire department rescued his family
- Everything is safe and sound, according to
Chase Poust, 7, helped rescue his father and sister who were trapped in the water
A young boy swam for more than an hour to get help for his family trapped in a Florida river treading water after it was swept by a strong current.
Steven Poust’s two young children were swimming in the St. John’s River—off Mandarin Point, Florida—while fishing from his boat, which was anchored, until a strong current suddenly yanked his daughter away, Steven said. Jax4 TV station.
His son, Chase, let go of the boat to grab his sister, but also got caught in the current.
“I felt really scared,” Chase said.
The Poust family survived a harrowing Friday in a river in Jacksonville
Their father immediately dived into the water and overtook them, but his daughter, who was wearing a life jacket, drifted away from him.
He yelled at his son to keep swimming to the shore, which was about a mile away.
“I told them I loved him because I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” said Steven Jax4 in a TV interview.
His voice broke as he swallowed his tears.
“I’ve tried to stick with both. I exhausted myself. She drifted away from me.’
Chase told Jax4 that he would paddle a dog and then float on his back to make sure he didn’t exhaust himself.
“The current went the other way to the boat and the shore, so it was very difficult to swim that way,” Chase said.
He eventually reached the shore for an hour and ran to the nearest house screaming for help, Jax4 reported.
Someone heard Chase’s cries and the Jacksonville Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helped save his family.
Chase’s father and sister were in the water for about two hours before being rescued, Jax4 reported.
Everyone has been reported safe and sound, according to a tweet from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, the Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helped rescue the Poust family who had been in the water for about two hours
St. John’s River from Mandarin Point in Jacksonville