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Boy swims for an hour to get help for swept-away father and sister

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Boy swims for an hour to get help for swept-away father and sister

A 7-year-old boy swam for an hour to get help for his father and sister — who were caught in a strong current in a Florida river.

Chase Poust was swimming with his 4-year-old sister Abigail Friday around their father’s fishing boat, which was anchored in the St. Johns River, according to local station, News4Jax.

Abigail, who was wearing a life jacket, got swept into a strong current when she let go of the boat, and Chase, who was not wearing a life preserver, stayed with her, according to the report.

“I felt really scared,” Chase told the Jacksonville station.

Steven Poust jumped into the water to rescue his children, but all three kept drifting farther from the boat.

“I told them I loved him because I wasn’t sure what’s going to happen,” Steven said. “I tried to stick with both of them. I wore myself out. She drifted away from me.”

That’s when the 7-year-old brother kicked the heroics into high gear, swimming toward shore while using the doggy paddle and back float to preserve his energy.

“The current was going the opposite way of going to the boat and the shore so it was very hard to swim that way,” Chase told the station.

After about an hour, he reached land and ran to the nearest house for help, according to the report.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department found his father and daughter about a mile from the anchored boat.

“I screamed for help at the top of my lungs and waved my arms and sure enough someone heard us,” Steven said. “Little man also made it to shore and got help and that’s what saved our lives.”

The Poust family was following all boating safety rules — only children 6 and under are required to wear life vests in small boats.

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Los Angeles dentist charged with sexually abusing female patients

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A Los Angeles dentist is accused of sexually abusing nine female patients at his office over the course of several years, officials announced Monday.

Emad Fathy Moawad, 50, was arrested and charged with over a dozen counts of sexual battery by restraint for allegedly molesting the women during procedures from 2013 to 2018, prosecutors said.

The victims ranged in age from 27 to 73.

“This case is especially concerning because its victims are low-income people and immigrants who are less likely to report crimes due to fear,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Moawad was jailed on nearly $2 million bail.

The charges come after Moawad was sued in 2019 by a patient who alleged he molested her while she was under anesthesia two years earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Moawad’s alleged attacks stopped in December 2018 after a dental assistant recorded one of them, according to the suit.

With Post wires

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using ‘retarded’ to describe disabled children

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using 'retarded' to describe disabled children

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) apologized Monday for using the word “retarded” to describe disabled children during a podcast appearance over the weekend.

Schumer was a guest Sunday on the “1 NYCHA” podcast, which examines public housing and related issues, when the topic turned to historic opposition to low-income and other forms of public housing.

“When I first was an assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for retarded children,” recalled Schumer, who represented parts of Brooklyn in Albany between 1975 and 1980. “The whole neighborhood was against it! These are harmless kids. They just needed some help.

“We got it done,” Schumer added. “Took a while.”

Video of the podcast was posted on the “1 NYCHA” Facebook page with the word “retarded” deleted from the closed captioning.

“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told the Post.

“He used an inappropriate and outdated word in his description of an effort he supported that was led by the AHRC to build a group home in his Brooklyn district decades ago to provide housing and services to children with developmental disabilities,” Roefaro added. “He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”

AHRC refers to the organization formerly known as the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. Since the period referenced by Schumer, the organization has dropped its name and only goes by the acronym.

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Vacationer dies snorkeling in Florida Keys

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A 25-year-old woman vacationing in the Florida keys died while snorkeling on Sunday, authorities said.

Katherine Boukharov was pulled to shore and given CPR after she was spotted face down and motionless in the water at Bahia Honda State Park, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Autopsy results are pending but foul play isn’t suspected, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Two other people have died while snorkeling elsewhere in the Florida Keys since April, the Miami Herald reported.

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