There is a dramatic video that has gotten nearly one million views and counting. The video, titled “Unreal Rescue in Baton Rouge Floodwater,” shows why it is important to have window-breaking tools inside of cars at all times — whether floodwaters are expected or not. The woman in the video had to rely on others to rescue her and her dog from the floods.
The floodwaters ravaged a widespread region in Louisiana, causing Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. He has asked residents to remain in safe areas and to not travel out just to sight-see during the dangerous flooded times. The flooding was called a truly historic event — with videos like the above highlighting just how quickly a car could get swallowed up in the floodwaters and put its occupants in danger of drowning.
The woman who was saved from her sinking car in the Louisiana flooding, as reported by the New York Daily News, was rescued by David Phung on Saturday. Not only did Phung leap into the floodwaters in order to rip open the drowning woman’s convertible car top, but David also was able to save her dog as well from drowning. Phung prevented the woman from going under once more for too long, when she tried to save her own dog from the sunken car.
The video is being replayed many places online, on TV and being shared a-plenty on social media. The men can be seen on a boat first approaching the vehicle in the beginning of the dramatic video. The woman can be heard crying out that she was going to drown, but the men on the boat reassure her that they will rescue her as they scramble around for knives and any tools that will help them get to the woman in the sinking car.
With flooding around Louisiana having killed three people and having caused thousands of people to need rescuing across the state, the woman in the viral video is no doubt grateful that she was in a convertible car with a roof that could be more easily accessed, since she didn’t break a window from the inside to get herself out of the sinking vehicle.
The viral video of the car rescue in the Louisiana floods, according to the Telegraph.co.uk, took place in Baton Rouge.
At the end of the video, Phung is shown having also rescued the dog — a small white dog who shivers and shakes and kicks excitedly in the floodwaters — and is apparently alive. Many people besides the woman in the viral video have found themselves in need of rescue after heavy rainfall hit southeast Louisiana.
The flood in Louisiana, according to CNN, claimed the life of a 30-year-old woman in St. Helena Parish, who was in a car with her mother and husband when their vehicle got swept off in the flood. Also, 54-year-old Samuel Muse lost his life after, as authorities believe, he tried to drive through floodwaters. Muse’s vehicle went underwater on Friday when part of Highway 10 collapsed at Darlings Creek, according to WAFB.
Another death from the raging flood occurred when a 68-year-old man fell in floodwaters and drowned.
Meanwhile, the viral video of the near-drowning rescue is bringing a variety of reactions like the following on social media.
“Good f****** job guys. The world needs more people like you. I appreciate your service very much.”
“Lady tried to shove the guy’s head back down to get her dog. wtf. Still tho, good job guy!”
“Give that man a medal!”
“Okay, pitchfork time. Get ’em ready. People who own pets love them with much the same degree of feeling they do their own family. They live with them, care for them, treat them as good as they were their own children, and mourn them when they die. I don’t hear an angry woman complaining about being alive. I hear a woman begging, pleading with this person to save a cherished member of her family. If you have a pet and you wouldn’t feel the same way in this situation then shame on you. Why keep them around if they are the same as furniture to you? For all we know this is her only companion in the world, and here we are making assumptions because it’s easier to assume than to understand.”