Cheers to this team of lifeguards from Flagler Beach, Florida who linked together to form a human chain in a rescue of a boogie boarder who was caught in a rip current that was pulling him out into the ocean.

FOX35 reports Joe Osborne was flying his drone while on a break from his job at a tattoo parlor and caught the entire rescue on video:

“I was actually kind of impressed. It was definitely a rehearsed thing … with their buoys and their lines, and they use them in unison. Very impressive. I thought it was very neat.”

Excellent reminder to us all of the dangers of rip currents. Read more about rip current safety from NOAA below.

RELATED: The Science of Rip Currents Explained

Before you go to the beach…

  • KNOW HOW TO SWIM.

Seems simple enough, but those who do not know how to swim and are pulled out to sea by a rip current stand little chance of survival. Just because you are in shallow water does not mean you are safe. A person standing waist deep in water can be dragged out into deeper waters and drown.

  • KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.Check the Surf Zone Forecast for local beach conditions. Surf Zone Forecasts will contain Rip Current Outlooks using the following three-tiered set of qualifiers:
    • Low Risk of rip currents. The risk for rip currents is low, however, life threatening rip currents often occur in the vicinity of groins, jetties, reefs, and piers.
    • Moderate Risk of rip currents. Life threatening rip currents are possible in the surf zone.
    • High Risk of rip currents. Life threatening rip currents are likely in the surf zone.

When you get to the beach…

  • Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard-protected beach. Ask a lifeguard about the conditions before entering the water.
  • Obey all instructions/orders from lifeguards and posted signs. They are there for your wellbeing.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Stay at least 100 feet (30 meters) away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist alongside these structures.

If caught in a rip current…know your options

  • Relax, rip currents don’t pull you under.
  • Don’t swim against the current.
  • You may be able to escape by swimming out of the current in a direction following the shoreline, or toward breaking waves, then at an angle toward the beach.
  • You may be able to escape by floating or treading water if the current circulates back toward shore.
  • If you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself. If you need help, yell and wave for assistance.

If you see someone in trouble…

Don’t become a victim while trying to help someone else! Many people have died trying to rescue rip current victims.

  • Get help from a lifeguard.
  • If a lifeguard is not present, call 9-1-1,
  • then try to direct the victim to swim following the shoreline to escape.
  • If possible, throw the rip current victim something that floats.
  • Never enter the water without a flotation device.

For more info visit www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.