human chainTwelve-year-old Josh McQuoid was playing with some friends in the ocean a few days ago when suddenly an angry wave pummeled him, sweeping him off his feet and dragging him out to sea. The water he was playing in was only knee-deep, but as anyone who's ever been in the ocean knows, a powerful wave is no match for anyone.

McQuoid was pushed out into the middle of the ocean, and flipped around numerous times. "I'm going to die," he said he thought as he was tossed about. But before he was sucked too far out into the surf, an amazing thing happened: A human chain was formed, and Joshua was saved.

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Initially, a German tourist visiting New Zealand tried to save McQuoid, but he couldn't get to the boy. When police arrived on the scene, they immediately dove into the "treacherous" waters, trying to reach Josh, but were having trouble. Suddenly, they looked back at shore, and realized that a human chain of about 12 people had formed -- and they all worked together to pull Josh out safely.

These are the types of situations in which "sheep mentality" seems to happen. If one person had never made an attempt to save Josh -- or if they hadn't been the first link in the chain -- Josh may not have been rescued. It only takes one person to get the ball rolling in order for the right thing to be done. If no one had made that first move for Josh -- if everyone was too scared -- he may not have made it. Thank god for the good people in the world. And thank god Josh is okay.

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