A 7-year-old boy in Florida swam for an hour to get help for his dad and sister who were stranded in a river

Steven Poust told CNN subsidiary WKXT that he anchored his boat on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida to swim his two children, Chase, 7, and Abigail, 4, on Friday.

Abigail, who usually hangs in the back of the boat, suddenly had to let go because the current was so strong, Chase said.

The 7-year-old decided to let go as well to keep her from drifting, but then he was stuck.

Poust jumped in to help them and told Chase to swim to the bank while he tried to reach his daughter, who was wearing a life jacket.

“I told them I love him because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” said Poust. “I tried to stick with both of them. I was exhausted.

It took Chase an hour to get ashore. He told WKXT that he floated on his back and paddled the dog so it wouldn’t wear out. When he reached the country, he ran to the nearest house for help.

Meanwhile, his father and sister were drifting about a mile and a half to two miles from the boat’s location, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD).

JFRD reached the boat but had to call in other agencies to extend the search, spokesman Eric Prosswimmer said at a press conference.

Without the help of his colleagues, the result could have been different, said Prosswimmer.

“We had all the resources we could have quickly and we are happy to say all three have been restored and all three are fine,” he said. “We couldn’t ask for a better result.”


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