Roberta Ursrey and her husband, mother, nephews and sons were enjoying the Miller County Pier in Panama City Beach in Florida. Ursrey had just left the water, but when she turned around to look for her sons, she noticed they were much farther from shore than she remembered. And then she heard their screams.
"They were screaming and crying that they were stuck," Ursrey recalled in an interview Monday. "People were saying, 'Don’t go out there.'" The beach-goers started forming a human chain.