7-Year-Old Boy Swims An Hour To Shore To Get Help For Dad And Sister After Boat Mishap

A 7-year-old Florida boy was facing the biggest battle of his life when he had to swim in the rough choppy waters for an hour to reach the shore.

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Chase Poust, not only reached the shore but he also managed to get help for his little sister and dad who were still in the water.

Chase, his 4-year-old sister, and father had been fishing off the Florida coast Friday night.

With the boat anchored, Chase and his sister Abigail got out to swim but the waves were too strong for them.

“The current was so strong that my sister–she usually hangs out at the back of the boat and–she let go so I let go of the boat and grabbed her and then I was stuck,” Chase said.

Their dad jumped into the water to help as Abigail had on a life jacket, but Chase did not. “I told them I loved him because I wasn’t sure what’s going to happen,” Steven Poust said.

“I tried to stick with her as long as I could–with both of them. I wore myself out, and she drifted away from me.”

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As the situation was getting worse with time, Chase decided to swim to shore. He swam for an hour, swimming for some time, then floating on his back to rest. Finally, he reached the shore.

He did not rest there but immediately ran to a neighbor’s door to get help they called 911 and got rescue crews into the water.

Abigail and her father were found and rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife crews. “We’re here. By the grace of God, we’re here,” Steven said.

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