A Florida mother and her 7-year-old son were reportedly rescued late last month after the inflatable swan they were on drifted several miles offshore.
The reported incident occurred October 21 at Anna Maria Island, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Mother Tara Myers told WFLA that the water appeared calm but, minutes later, she realized the current took them miles away from shore.
“I was not sure if we were going to keep drifting because land just kept getting farther and farther and farther away,” she recalled, telling the news outlet that she paddled her feet while holding onto the raft to no avail.
Fortunately for the exhausted mother, beachgoers saw the struggling pair and called 911. West Manatee Fire Rescue managed to bring them—and the inflatable swan—back to shore. It was there where the 7-year-old reportedly deflated the raft.
Myers said a firefighter then threw it into a dumpster.
“It’s not worth it…it’s not worth it at all. To put yourselves in that type of position,” she said. “I’m never going to get on a float like that again.”
[Featured image: WFLA video screenshot]