7-year-old Florida boy swims for an hour to get help for family

Published June 3, 2021, 2:24 PM

by Jaleen Ramos

A seven-year-old boy in Florida swam for an hour to save his sister and father from drowning.


In a report from CNN, Chase Poust and his four-year-old sister Abigail, went with their father for a swim at St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.

His father, Steven, had anchored their boat there.

Poust said her sister had to let go of the boat because of the strong current.

He then also decided to let go in order to try to keep her from drifting but he got stuck.

“I felt really scared,” Poust told WJXT, a CNN affiliated TV station.

He was not wearing a life jacket on, but his sister did, Poust said.

The boy said his father jumped in to help them and told him to swim to shore as he tried to reach his daughter who was floating along with the current.

“I told them I loved him because I wasn’t sure what’s going to happen,” his father said.

“I tried to stick with both of them. I wore myself out. She drifted away from me,” he added.

Poust took an hour to get to shore.

He said that he floated on his back and doggie-paddled so he would not get worn out.

As soon as he reached land, he ran to the nearest house to get help.

According to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD), Poult’s father and sister drifted about a mile and a half to two miles away from the boat’s location.

“I screamed for help at the top of my lungs and waved my arms and sure enough someone heard us,” the elder Poust told WJXT. “Little man also made it to shore and got help and that’s what saved our lives.”