MARSHFIELD (CBS) – Two fathers saved several children from being swept out to sea at a Marshfield town beach on Monday.
The kids were playing on a sandbar at Rexhame Beach waist-deep in water when the tide started pulling them out. Within seconds, they were screaming for help.
“There started to be bigger and bigger waves, and then it started pulling us out more,” said Mitch Leming, one of the rescued swimmers.
The kids were getting pulled by a strong current, including one boy who was drifting out on his boogie board.
“I tried to touch the bottom but I couldn’t, and then I started to get scared and tried to swim,” said Lexy Boyington, one of the rescued swimmers.
The fathers were watching their children about 30 yards offshore before they realized that some of the young swimmers were in trouble.
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“I saw one of the kids waving to me, and as soon as I saw that I grabbed the boogie board and went out,” said Chorzewski.
But by then, two of the young swimmers had sprung into action, grabbing 8-year-old Lexy and 10-year-old Joey, who were in trouble.
Joey, Chorzewski’s son, later said he clung onto his 11-year-old friend Cody Boyington so tight that he ripped his shirt.
“It’s not fun watching them almost drowning,” said Cody. “I was afraid they were not going to make it.”
It was the season’s first beach excursion, and the first lesson learned of the ocean’s power.
“Things can happen quick, and I know now to be really careful,” said Chorzewski.
The children got into trouble when the tide was heading out. The undertow got stronger. They added that it was much calmer in the ocean when they went back to the beach on Tuesday.