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A 7-year-old boy in Florida swam for an hour to get help for his father and sister, who were stranded in a river.

  A 7-year-old boy in Florida is being hailed as a hero after he swam to shore for help when his sister and father were swept away by a curr...

 


A 7-year-old boy in Florida is being hailed as a hero after he swam to shore for help when his sister and father were swept away by a current.

 

Steven Poust told CNN affiliate WKXT that he anchored his boat in the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, to allow his two children, Chase, 7, and Abigail, 4, to swim, Friday.

 

Suddenly Abigail, who often hangs out in the back of the boat, had to get loose because the current was so strong, Chase said.

 

The 7-year-old decided to let go as well to try to prevent it from wandering, but then he got stuck.

 

Poust jumped up to try to help them and told Chase to swim to shore while he tried to reach his daughter, who was wearing a life jacket.

 

"I told them I loved him because he wasn't sure what was going to happen," Poust said. "I tried to stay with both of them. I got tired. She walked away from me."


Chase took an hour to reach shore. He told WKXT that he floated on his back and that the little dog was paddling so he wouldn't get exhausted. When he reached land, he ran to the nearest house for help.

 

Meanwhile, his father and his sister drifted a mile and a half to two miles away from the boat's location, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD).

 

JFRD made it to the ship but had to call other agencies to broaden the search, spokesman Eric Prosswimmer said at a news conference.

 

If it hadn't been for the help of his colleagues, the outcome might have been different, Prosswimmer said.

 

"We had all the resources we could have had coming in quickly and we are happy to say that all three have recovered and that all three are doing well," he said. "We couldn't ask for a better result."

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