A family in Virginia recently experienced one of the worst nightmares imaginable while tooling around in their fishing boat. The motor suddenly failed, leaving them stranded to drift across the water.
As stressful as that would be in any circumstance, the two adults and three children in the clip below were also dangerously close to the 20-foot drop of the Goose Creek Reservoir Dam — and one of the adults was without a life jacket.
Thankfully, they had a phone with a strong signal to contact emergency units, who rushed over immediately. But as you can see in the photos from the scene, their boat still managed to teeter over the edge of the reservoir.
I can’t even imagine how scared everyone must have been as they made their way to the bow of the ship to keep it from toppling all the way over.
Once the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue arrived, they attempted to use their ladder to reach the family but were too far from the shore to help out.
Luckily, other members of the rescue crew were also on their way down the river in their own boat. They were able to tow the family to safety before the worst could happen.
They hope sharing this harrowing story will help remind others to make sure everyone wears their life jackets while out in the water, in the event of similar, dangerous situations.
Take a look to hear more about the incredible rescue, and be sure to SHARE their story with your loved ones!
Footage provided by WTVR
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