Boy Saved By Human Chain In New Zealand

By Emma Koch

Credit: ABCnews.com

Boy Saved By Human Chain In New Zealand

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM EDT

NEW ZEALAND (www.incnow.tv) -- A 12-year-old boy who was swept out to sea off the coast of New Zealand, was rescued by a human chain the people on the beach created to pull the boy back to shore.

Josh McQuoid was playing along the edge of the beach, when rough waters whisked him out to sea. The boy was dragged nearly 500 feet and fought to breath for 8 minutes.

“The waves smashed me so much, there were five really big ones, they flipped me around quite a few times,” McQuoid told One News in New Zealand. “I think the longest for about 20 seconds.”

Napier Police Constable, Paul Bailey, entered the water to try to rescue McQuoid, but couldn't keep a hold of him. Bailey told reporters that he feared for his own life as he was fighting to save the child.

Then another officer got people from the beach together to form a human chain and they moved into the water to bring back Bailey and McQuoid.

McQuoid was unresponsive when he was brought to shore. Someone from the chain stepped in to help revive him before he was transported to the hospital.

“I’d love to thank them so much for what they did. They saved my life. If it wasn’t for them I’d be dead,” McQuoid told One News.

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