If you’ve spent anytime near the water at all, chances are you’ve heard of the dangers of riptide currents. Rip tides are deceiving dangers in the water, because they travel underneath the surface. On the surface, the water may appear calm and normal, but underneath, a powerful, churning current flows that can sweep the strongest of adults out and away from the shore. Riptides are especially dangerous because many people panic if they get stuck in one, quickly tiring and putting them at risk for drowning because fighting a riptide is futile — there is no way you can out swim it.
In short, riptides are one of the scariest things you can encounter in the water and for one family in Florida, a sudden and powerful riptide almost cost them their lives. Until a brave group of complete strangers did something you would never expect to save them.