NANTUCKET, MA – Selfie sticks seem to be popping up everywhere. That’s not always a good thing, but for the Johns family of Austin, Texas, a selfie stick was a life-saver, in the real sense of the word.
The family was swimming in the ocean off of Nantucket, MA, when 16-year-old Erynn got caught in a rip current.
She had a Go-Pro attached to a selfie stick to record her swim, but instead, she nearly recorded her death.
Her father Derrick used the selfie-stick to pull her toward shore, but then his wife got caught in the current.
"It was just pure exhaustion seeing your daughter in the waves and your wife go down and not wanting to let them go down,” he said.
Good Samaritans and lifeguards saved her as the current swept him out to sea.
Johns was barely alive when rescuers brought him to shore. Lifeguards said he only had about 20 seconds of oxygen left.
"I was a Marine and did tours overseas during wartime and I've never had that level of fatigue or fear."
The Johns hope to find the man in the orange trunks to thank him.