OKLAHOMA - Trapped!
That is what happened to two women and a three-year-old boy in Hughes County Sunday, and Oklahoma’s extreme weather is to blame.
Seconds really counted in the situation.
Heavy rains Saturday into Sunday caught the group off-guard.
When it was all said and done, rescuers were fighting eight inches of rain to get them free from a flooded car.
“We actually had to back the ambulance up, because the water was rising so fast,” said Thomas Hovell, an EMT.
When Holdenville firefighters arrived, they knew they had to act fast.
“You prepare for the worst but just try and do the best you can,” said Rick Branscum, a firefighter.
In chest high water, they successfully got the women and the little boy to warmth and safety.
“It was very, very relieving,” said Firefighter Lynden Lantz.
“When we saw them walking, we were like, 'Whew, it's not as bad as it could have been,'” said Christopher Miller, a paramedic. “So, they lost their car. That can be replaced, but thank God none of them are at the point of dying.”
It was a life-threatening experience that now serves as a lesson.
“When people choose to drive in the high water, they're not only putting themselves at risk, they're putting all the agencies that are going to respond, their personnel at risk, as well,” Miller said.
Hughes County EMS, the Holdenville Fire Department and the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office all assisted in the rescue.