Humanity At Its Best: Human Chain Saves Boy From DrowningMonica Bielanko
Okay so maybe I’m extra emotional for various woman-related reasons, but this photo made me all teary.
According to ABC News, the group of people grabbed hands and formed this chain to help a 12-year-old boy New Zealand who had been swept out to see. Josh McQuiod was playing with friends in Napier when a wave whisked him about 500 feet away from shore. He fought the massive surf for eight minutes when Constable Paul Bailey tried to rescue him. But Bailey nearly drowned himself.
“A few times under the waves I was thinking, ‘Have I done the right thing charging in here? Is it going to be two bodies they’re looking for,” Bailey told One News.
Another police officer initiated the building of a human chain from the beach out into the water and the group was able to bring both the boy and the officer to safety. McQuiod had stopped breathing but for the second time that day rescuers saved his life, providing CPR before he was taken to the hospital.
McQuiod was unresponsive when his lifeless body was brought back to shore. Once again, his rescuers stepped up and helped revive him before he was taken to a local hospital.
“I’d love to thank them so much for what they did. They saved my life. If it wasn’t for them I’d be dead,” McQuiod told One News.
You can watch the amazing raw footage of the rescue by clicking here.
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