One Louisiana woman and her dog are lucky to be alive after the car they were in became submerged in floodwaters.
“Oh my God, I’m drowning,” the woman is heard yelling from the vehicle in a nail-biting video making the Internet rounds.
The red convertible became submerged in floodwaters after the city was hammered with 20 inches of rain. The torrential rains that started to fall August 12 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have wreaked havoc on the city, with more than 20,000 people rescued over the weekend from the rising waters, according to Fox News. The flooding has resulted in at least six deaths and a declaration of a major disaster by the federal government, The Weather Channel reports.
A pretty intense video posted to YouTube by the Associated Press captures the panic — and later relief — of the unnamed woman who was stuck Saturday in her sinking car with her dog. Thankfully, three men on a boat arrive just in time to pull them to safety.
The video begins with the boat approaching the car, which is at a diagonal in the water. The front end is submerged and neither the woman nor the dog can be seen. One of the men yells to the woman to get out, but she can’t, no matter how hard she tries. The windows and the convertible’s top are up.
“Give me a knife! Give me a knife!” the man yells to others on the boat, while trying to reassure the woman they will help her. The men scramble, in what appears to be a great deal of anxiety, though their voices remain calm, in all probability for the woman trapped inside.
The car continues to submerge, going deeper and deeper into the water. The woman is still talking, proving she’s OK, for the time being.
One of the men grabs a long pole and tells the woman he’s going to smash a window, still offering words of reassurance, though how reassured they feel themselves seems questionable. He bangs the pole against the window, to no avail, while the first man goes to look for a knife.
Finally, the man with the pole jumps onto the car, then into the water and begins pulling at the fabric of the convertible’s soft top. He grabs the woman’s arm — the only thing seen in the video — and pulls.
At this point the car is completely submerged. Tensions rise as he finally pulls her out and she’s breathing above water again.
But then she reveals her dog is still in the car.
She asks the men to get her dog, before ducking back under the water herself to search for the pup. The man who pulled her out of the water also pulls the dog out to safety. The woman says what sounds like, “Oh, you are amazing.”