Mother and Son Stranded After Their Giant Swan Float Drifted From Shore
Well, we have officially reached peak 2018.
Reports are surfacing about a mother and her 7-year-old son who, on Oct. 21, were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. How, you ask? They were lounging on a giant, inflatable swan — yes, like the ones you see at celebrity pool parties all over Instagram — and it floated miles away from land.
Tara Myers and her son, Brennan, were enjoying a clear day on Anna Maria Island in Florida when the winds picked up and the current carried the swan raft away from shore.
"I was not sure if we were going to keep drifting because land just kept getting farther and farther and farther away," she told WFLA, a local Tampa news station. She tried kicking her feet in an attempt to get back to the beach, but to no avail.
"I was just exhausted, and we were not going anywhere. Like, I was doing that for an inch," she said.
After about an hour, they were rescued by West Manatee Fire Rescue. Beachgoers had watched the giant swan float drift toward the horizon and, luckily for Myers and her son, called 911 to get help.
Myers — fatigued, relieved — "laid down on that swan float and cried."
"This could have ended so much worse," Myers told reporters.
Fortunately, this oversized vinyl fowl will never put anyone else in jeopardy ever again. After being delivered back to the beach, her son used his shark tooth necklace to puncture a hole in the inflatable waterbird. A firefighter slung the deflated raft over his shoulder and tossed it in a dumpster.
No doubt this was a scary situation for the two, and thankfully both are home safe and sound. But let us all consider this as an important lesson to think twice about taking a giant raft into the open ocean — especially one that is essentially a decorative pool toy.