The world is full of unlikely heroes. People who in a moment of despair suddenly take leadership of a situation and carry out any project together with the people who are involved or can even save the lives of others.
Steven Post was with his two children, Chase (7), and Abigail (4), on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida spending a pleasant day sailing on the river as they used to do regularly, they anchored the boat and also like custom Steven let his kids go into the water for a swim.
Abigail stayed very close to the boat and held onto the back of the boat. But suddenly everything changed, the calm current of the river turned into a monster with great force that pushed Abigail away from the boat. Chase jumped into the water after her but couldn’t get her out of it due to the force of the water. Almost simultaneously his father jumped as well into the river to try to reach his children.
Steven, faced with the difficulty of the situation, asked Chase to swim to the nearest inhabited shore and seek help, as he would stay there fighting with the water to try to save his youngest daughter. He told them both that he loved them, and Chase left.
Chase was in the water swimming for an hour and intelligently managing his forces so as not to get tired too quickly, at times he would turn on his back and float thanks to his life jacket and push with his hands and legs in a more gentle way.
When he reached the coast, Chase quickly asked for help in the first house he found, there those who attended him immediately called the authorities and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) began the search.
Steven and Abigail had been dragged almost 2 miles away from the boat but finally, after hours of rescue attempts, they managed to get them both out of the water.
“We had every resource we could have possibly had coming quickly and we’re happy to say all three have been recovered, and all three are doing well. We couldn’t ask for a better outcome,” said JFRD spokesman Eric Prosswimmer.
The impressive bravery and strength of this little 7-year-old saved his family’s life and we are very happy that it was all just a bad experience.