She tried to paddle back. "I was just exhausted, and we were not going anywhere. Like I was doing that for an inch," she said. All the while, she was doing her best not to seem concerned so she wouldn't scare her son.
Other people at the beach thankfully saw the two drifting out and several called 911. A Fire Rescue boat soon retrieved them.
"I literally just laid down on that swan float and cried. So hard," she said. "Because this could have ended so much worse, and I didn't want him to know that I was that scared."
When she got back to shore, she pierced the swan with her son's shark tooth necklace and a firefighter threw it in the dumpster.