JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – After being stuck in a strong current during a holiday weekend boating excursion on Florida’s St. Johns River, a 7-year-old boy is being credited for saving his father and 4-year-old sister by swimming to shore and shouting for assistance.
Chase Poust explained that the current was too strong for her sister Abigail to hang on to the boat, so he let go as well to be with her. The girl was the only one who was wearing a life jacket.
To save her, their father dove into the sea. Chase then started swimming toward the beach.
To avoid wearing out, Chase kept swimming, doggy paddling, and floating on his back. “The current was running in the opposite direction of getting to the boat and the coast, so swimming that way was quite difficult,” Chase explained. He arrived on land in approximately an hour. He dashed to the nearest home for assistance.
The father and daughter were discovered approximately a mile from their boat by crews from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Poust added, “I cried for assistance at the top of my lungs and waved my arms, and sure enough, someone heard us.” “Little guy also made it to shore and received assistance, which is what saved our lives.”
Neither the 7-year-old nor his father were required to wear a life jacket, according to Eric Prosswimmer of the fire department. For a vessel under 26 feet long, the legislation applies to children aged 6 and younger.