Samuel Urbay is a lifeguard at a beach near Miami. He’s tan, wears RayBan sunglasses and blue shorts. The other day, he and his crew witnessed something few lifeguards in the U.S. ever see.
It happened around 12:30 pm, when Urbay spotted a tiny boat off-shore, packed with eight people — none wearing life jackets — getting thrashed by the waves.
“That’s when we started moving, running over there to the other side of the beach. That’s where they were,” he says. “They had a wind gust of 30 mph. The waves were super big. Amazing, amazing.”