When the Siesta Keys took their dive in 2002, it was the first time a group of children had ventured into the ocean together, a rare event in the South American nation of 5 million.
They went on to discover that the underwater experience was not as scary as they thought.
Alex Siesta, now 14, has since experienced many other such “great escapes”, including one in a bar in Peru that involved her and her friends.
In the last three years, she has also been in the company of a couple who had to share their boat with the family of the deceased man.
“It was just the best day of my life,” she said.
“We were diving at sunset, when the sun is shining, and we’re diving in a big pool, but it’s still a very beautiful pool.”
It’s also been a life-changing experience for Alex.
The last time she was alone in the pool, her mother was in the hospital with an infection.
“The doctors were telling us it was a bit of a miracle because she was really sick, but I was in a lot of pain,” she explained.
We went on a dive with my brother and sister. “
But we went in together, I was really excited.
We went on a dive with my brother and sister.
It was very special.”
Alex Sesame Key and her sister, Siesta Key, at the pool (Instagram) It was the last time the Sillis were apart.
In 2013, her father passed away, and she was living in Rio de Janeiro at the time.
The Sillises have always maintained their innocence.
“My dad was my best friend and I was always very close with him,” Siesta said.
When the family first moved to Miami, they had been living in the same house in Florida with their mother, but Alex has since moved out.
She says it’s been an amazing journey.
“There’s so many great stories that I can tell and I want to tell more,” she added.
“For me, this is the first thing that I want my whole family to experience.
I’m just excited to be a part of it.”