Choppy waters couldn't keep sisters Asia and Tay Pinkney from taking a swim at St. Pete Beach on Sunday. But with each crashing wave, they realized just what they were up against.
"I felt like I didn't have any control over my body at all. It was the currents," Asia Pinkney said Monday.
The two suddenly couldn't feel sand beneath their feet. They were being pulled farther into the Gulf.
"I was trying to stay over the top of the water so I wouldn't lose my breath," Asia said.
The sisters both know how to swim, but they say the strong current swept them out in a matter of moments.
"The waves started going over the top of our heads," Tay said.
The girl's mom started panicking. She was up on the beach with the rest of the family, who were vacationing from Atlanta.
"We were all in the same vicinity and next thing you know, they were gone," mom Latrese McCollough said.
Tay managed to swim to the shore for help. Three complete strangers answered the call, dashing into the dangerous water and fighting to pull Asia from the deadly grip of the waves.
"There was one person to the right of me and one person behind me pushing me, and one person in front of me directing me to swim towards him," Asia remembers.
Her mom spotted Asia, just as she was pulled onto the shoreline.
"I didn't know what to think when I walked out because you see your child just laying there," McCollough said.
Thankfully, Asia's okay. She's spending the last day of her vacation admiring the water from a distance and thanking the heroic acts of complete strangers.
"There are still heroes in the world. There are still good people. People will still help you," McCollough said Monday.
Those dangerous currents are still posing a problem out on the beaches. The National Weather Service is warning swimmers of possible rip currents until 8 pm Monday.
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