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Couple saves drowning children at beach they weren't meant to visit

Amy and Jamie Griffin, who rescued three children who were drowning in a rough surf at the beaches in Fort Walton, Alabama.

Amy and Jamie Griffin, who rescued three children who were drowning in a rough surf at the beaches in Fort Walton, Alabama.  (Fox 6)

On any given day, you'll find Jamie Griffin feeding llamas and goats on his family farm in Helena.

It's a long way from the beaches of Fort Walton where, earlier this month, he and his wife, Amy, rescued three children who were drowning in a rough surf about 20 yards off shore under a double red flag warning.

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“He was bobbing up and down and Amy said he's in trouble,” Jamie Griffin said. “They were not where they needed to be at all. Six to eight-foot waves, it was very rough.”

“I can’t help but assume the parents must not have known they had gone into the water,” Smy Griffin said.

Jamie Griffin immediately dove in and went for the boy in trouble.

“The undertow was really bad, it was pulling us back, he recalled. “On the way back in, his brother was going under as well and I knew I couldn't go back. I'd be spent. So, I grabbed him as well and made way back.”

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While Amy took the boys, Jamie went back and got the little girl as well.

Here's the thing: The Griffins ended up at Ft. Walton because of a bad hotel room in Panama City and they only walked that beach because they couldn't stand sitting in the windy sand.

“By chance, fate, we were walking by at the right time,” Jaime Griffin said. “We are very blessed and if there’s a chance to give back, we do so.”

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