BATON ROUGE, La. — Dramatic video shows a woman and her dog being rescued from a car as floodwaters swallow the vehicle.
The video shot by WAFB shows two men on a small boat approaching a convertible that is almost submerged in the brown water. A woman yells from inside the car “Oh my god, I’m drowning.” One of the rescuers, later identified as David Phung, jumps into the water and pulls the woman from the car.
She pleads with Phung to get her dog and appears to try to push him under so he would search again, but he can’t find the dog under the water. The woman tries to go back under to search for her dog, but Phung pulls her back up.
After several seconds, Phung takes a deep breath, goes underwater and resurfaces with the dog.
Phung told the television station that it was lucky the dog was still conscious. Both the woman and the dog appeared to be OK.
A state official said late Monday morning at least six people have died in the floods in southern Louisiana. Officials say 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes and more than 10,000 people are in shelters after a slow-moving storm system dumped nearly 2 feet of rain in some areas.