Beach-goers form human chain to rescue boy from surf

March 11, 2013 8:39:55 PM PDT
A 12-year-old New Zealand boy is alive after being pulled from the surf by rescuers who formed a human chain to rescue him.

A beach goer used a cellphone to capture video of the life-saving drama. People ran toward the ocean to help Josh McQuoid, who was hit by a wave at the water's edge and dragged out to sea. The current then pulled him 500 feet down the shore; he was fighting for air for eight minutes.

"When I was in there I thought I was going to die," Josh said. "The waves smashed me so much, there were five really big ones, they flipped me around quite a few times, I was underwater, I think the longest for about 20 seconds."

A police officer initially ran to Josh's rescue, but he was getting pulled under as well. That's when another officer started yelling for help, urging people on the beach to form a human chain. It worked. They all pulled Josh to safety.

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