A 7-year-old boy in Florida is hailed as a hero after swimming for help when his sister and father were swept away by a current.
Steven Poust tells the story on local channel WKXT, picked up by CNN: he anchored his boat on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, to let his two children, Chase, 7, and Abigail, 4, swim. .
But Abigail got swept away by the current. The dad jumped in to try and help them and told Chase to swim to shore as he tried to reach his daughter, who was wearing a life jacket. “I tried to stick with both. I exhausted myself. She walked away from me.”
It took Chase an hour to reach the shore: he was floating on his back and he was paddling so as not to exhaust himself. When he reached land, he ran to the nearest house to ask for help. Meanwhile, her father and sister drifted about two kilometers from the boat, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Service (JFRD).
In the end, all three were recovered, and Chase’s story is spinning around the world …