Josh McQuoid was saved from drowning when more than a dozen good Samaritans banded together and created a human chain to pull him out of the ocean.
McQuoid, 12, was playing on the beach with a friend at Marine Parade in Napier, New Zealand, when he was taken out to sea. He was dragged almost 500 feet and battled against the waves for eight scary minutes.
“The waves smashed me so much, there were five really big ones, they flipped me around quite a few times,” McQuoid told a local news outlet. “I think the longest for about 20 seconds.”
Constable Paul Bailey of the Napier Police was the first person to enter the water in an attempt to save the boy, reports ABC News. Bailey was able to get his hands on the youngster but he had a tough time holding on to him. “A few times under the waves I was thinking, ‘Have I done the right thing charging in here? Is it going to be two bodies they’re looking for,’” Bailey said. While Bailey was out in the waves, another officer got concerned onlookers to form a human chain to help bring the pair back to shore.
McQuoid was unresponsive when he was brought back to the beach, but he was eventually revived.
"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.
A video of the dramatic rescue is below:
Source: (ABC News)