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NANTUCKET, Mass. – A family swimming at a Nantucket, Massachusetts beach captured a frightening close call with a rip tide on camera, and got back to shore safely thanks to a selfie stick.
The family, vacationing from Texas, was in the water using a GoPro when Derrick Johns and his daughter Erynn found themselves caught in the quick-moving current.
Derrick Johns urged his daughter to swim as soon as he started to feel the current. The two kept fighting the fierce current, but it proved to be too much.
“It was sucking me out so hard. I was trying everything,” Erynn Johns said. “I had to swim and it kept sucking us back out.”
The father and daughter then used the selfie stick attached to their GoPro camera in their efforts to stay alive, according to NECN.
Eventually, another beachgoer and two lifeguards jumped in and helped them back to shore.
“I think if I hadn’t have had that stick, and my dad being able to pull me back in, I would have drifted out way further,” Erynn Johns said.