A 12-year-old New Zealand boy, who was swept out to sea by rough waters, was rescued by beachgoers after they formed a human chain to pull the boy back to the shore.
Josh McQuoid had been playing with a friend along the water’s edge on Marine Parade in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday when he was whisked out to sea, and close to drowning.
McQuoid was dragged nearly 500 feet along the beach and fought eight long minutes for air against the pounding surf.
A police officer instructed people to form a human chain from the shoreline into the water to bring McQuoid to safety.
The boy was unresponsive when his lifeless body was brought back to shore.
Once again, his rescuers stepped up and helped revive him before he was taken to a local hospital.
“I’d love to thank them so much for what they did. They saved my life. If it wasn’t for them I’d be dead,” McQuoid said.
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