Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

This letter goes out to the wonderful people who were on the Great Rock Bight beach on August 13. My husband and I are extremely lucky to have had such brave and caring people around us on that day. Greg, Wendy, Hans, Isabella, the family who gave us the life vests, the young lady who swam them out to my husband (I’m sorry I never had a chance to thank you in person) and the men who pitched in to help my husband off the beach. You were all fantastic, and we will forever be in awe of how you all came together to help.

Also, many thanks to the Chilmark police and fire department and Tri-Town Ambulance. You all were incredibly kind and patient.

We are forever grateful.

George and Linda Yesenosky

Philadelphia, Pa.