Dramatic images and video have emerged of a New Mexico driver being rescued from the roof of his partially submerged automobile after getting swept away by floodwaters.
The incident occurred early Saturday following an tried crossing of the Felix River between the cities of Dexter and Hagerman, exterior of Roswell, in line with Dexter Fireplace & Rescue Fireplace Chief Justin Powell.
Powell stated in a Fb submit that the motive force, whose automobile was “nonetheless floating down stream,” was “shortly overtaken by the fast-moving water.”
“First responders had initially checked [a] crossing discovering nobody and no automobile, and instantly unfold out to all different crossings to attempt to find the sufferer,” Powell wrote. “As soon as the automobile and driver had been situated roughly 1/4-1/2 mile downstream, Dexter Fireplace and Police shortly assessed the motive force for any accidents and different victims.”
Video of the rescue reveals a primary responder hooked up to a rope serving to a person get a harness onto his physique.
Photographs later present the person in waist-deep water making his approach out of the realm, earlier than lastly reaching the shore.
“This was an enormous collaboration of a number of businesses and fortunately nobody was injured throughout this rescue,” Powell stated. “The sufferer was checked by EMS however refused any transport or remedies.”
“This morning’s incident ought to be an enormous actuality test to anybody who tries to cross any low water crossing when it’s working. It doesn’t take a lot water move to push you off roads and carry you away,” Powell added. “This incident might have been a lot worse and we thank God it wasn’t. Nobody desires to have to show a rescue right into a restoration.”