The chain was formed out of 80 beachgoers and stretched more than 100 yards.
According to a report in wsfa, Ursrey's mother was rushed to the ICU with an aortic aneurism in her stomach from fighting the current, and is now in Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart in Panama City, recovering.
Jessica Simmons and her husband noticed the police vehicle, flashing lights and bobbing heads crying for help in the distance. It was at this point that Ursrey discovered her boys were caught in the riptide, and she quickly dove in to rescue them, followed by her husband, her adult nephew, and her 67-year-old mother.
"These people are not drowning today", Simmons recalled saying to herself.
An estimated 70 people came together to help rescue a Florida family caught in a riptide.
The National Weather Service in Tallahassee, which forecasts for Panama City, did not have a warning out for rip currents, but said strong, or frequent rips were possible with moderate southeasterly winds. Her mother suffered a serious heart attack during the ordeal and nearly died.
Both strong swimmers, Simmons and her husband were comfortable paddling out to save the Ursreys and others, but there is strength in numbers.
"At the very end we all started clapping and cheering because they were so happy over the fact that we accomplished it", Ms Simmons said.
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Ursrey had just gotten out of the water when she realized her sons were missing.
She added that the rescued group contained two or three others who tried to help when they saw her sons in difficulties but then became stranded themselves.
Roberta Ursrey's mother was hospitalized after being pulled from the rough water.
A grateful Ms Ursrey said.
"[Jessica and I] are no Olympic swimmers, not even Coast Guard swimmers but just two average people who spend a lot of time in the water", Simmons said. "We were rejoicing when they all got out, people were giving out hugs".
There are color-coded flags placed on many beaches each day to communicate the current threat.
"As a momma, I am supposed to take them in and I couldn't do it that day", Roberta Ursrey, told WJHG-TV. Sometimes the internet can surprise you! They are areas where waves do not break, with breaking waves on either side. I always feared the beach waters. They noticed that the group was pointing to the water and Simmons says he first thought that it was a shark.
Look for a change in the water, or if you see a line of sea foam or seaweed, those can be possible signs of a rip current. Instead, try to swim parallel to shore.