Selfie Stick Credited in Rip Current Rescue

A father and daughter were enjoying a day on a Massachusetts beach when they were caught in a rip current.
1:20 | 07/09/15

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A dramatic scene caught on camera at a beach in Massachusetts. A family was nearly swept out to sea by a rip current. ABC's Reena ninan tells us the unusual way they were rescued. Reporter: This morning a teen and her father lucky to be alive after getting pulled underwater in a frightening rip current. The entire ordeal caught on a gopro camera attached to the selfie stick. 16-year-old Aaron Johns recording a fun day on a nantucket beach with her family when it all starts to go horribly wrong. Aern and her father Derek Johns swilling into the waves when suddenly they're overcome by the riptide. Come on. I can't. Reporter: Sucked underwater. I inhaled a lot of water at that point and I just -- I couldn't breathe under there. Reporter: Never letting go of that selfie stick eventually aern's mother reaches her helping her back on to the beach. Moments later a group of good samaritans helping her father out of the surf. Exhausted but alive he collapses on the sand. Overnight Derek Johns telling ABC news they credit the selfie stick with helping rescuers get them out safe and leave them a vacation video they'll never forget. For "Good morning America," Reena ninan, ABC news, New York.

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