Thankful to Strangers

Sep 07, 2016

To the Editor:

After what would normally be a typical day for me and my two girls (ages 7 and 11), I’m just now coming to grips with what could have been a mother’s worst nightmare, as the ocean’s current took hold of both my girls. 

Local residents (I think), a mom and her 15-year-old son from Surf City, quickly responded, assisting my oldest daughter in rescuing both girls. I cannot be more proud of my oldest, as she would not let go of her younger sister even though she felt as though she was drowning her.  

They both were in the water over their heads, the oldest treading water as the youngest was going under, panicking and pushing her sister down. The strength that my oldest displayed was remarkable. She would not let go of her sister, and she quickly shouted to the closest person to please save them. 

I would love to locate this young man and his mom who were on the beach at 13th Street in Surf City Wednesday, Aug. 31 around 3 p.m. It was a miracle and they are my heroes. Everyone should stay vigilant this week, as the surf continues to be a threat.

My family and I have grown up at the beach, and never would I have dreamt that I would have such fear of the ocean, and be so incredibly thankful to these strangers and God for putting them in the pathway of my girls.

Tammy Russo

Surf City





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