"By God's Grace We're Here." -- Steven Proust
5-31-21, Jacksonville Florida -- Seven year old Chase Poust and his 4-year-old sister, Abigail, were swimming alongside their father's anchored boat on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. As they enjoyed their time in the water, a strong current came up causing Abigail to lose hold of the boat. Chase reported that, "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 and I felt really scared."
Their father, Steven Proust jumped in the water to save them, but Abigail, wearing a floating device, floated out of his reach - he followed her telling Chase to swim to shore to get help.
"I told them both I loved them because I wasn't sure what's going to happen. I tried to stick with her as long as I could; I wore myself out, and she drifted away from me." Chase swam the long, 1-mile back to land, switching between floating on his back and doggie paddling when he got tired. The journey lasted an hour.
On shore he ran to the nearest home and knocked on their door. [..] Florida Fish and Wildlife, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office quickly went out in search and eventually after an hour spotted Steven and Abigail. More from People Mag here
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