In Bonita Springs, Florida floodwaters caused by hurricane Ian trapped an elderly man in his vehicle.
“We saw an elderly man struggling in his car, and we knew he needed help,” Benny from @colliercountycowboys said.
A video captured the dramatic rescue in wast-high water and battering wind.
The vehicle was almost completely submerged, and the man could not muster the strength to open the door. It took all of the rescuers to get the car door open.
“The guys all maintained to grab the door and pry it open,” he said. “He was a bit in shock, so he didn’t want to let go, so we assured him we were there to help him.”
Once the door was open, the men were able to reach in and get the stranded man to safety out of the current and to higher ground. The waters continued to rise, and if it wasn’t for the good samaritans, there is no telling what would have happened to the man who was trapped.
TO THE RESCUE: A group of Good Samaritans saved a man stuck in surging waters in Bonita Springs, Florida, as Hurricane Ian hit the state. https://t.co/PRJhSFIVFW pic.twitter.com/Fc4fB7NFbd
— ABC News (@ABC) September 29, 2022
Another video captured a good samaritan rescue a cat that was trapped.
A man rescued a cat trapped by surging waters in Bonita Springs, Florida, as #HurricaneIan made landfall in the Sunshine State’s southwest on Wednesday, September 28. pic.twitter.com/hlYzhUGXwJ
— Storyful (@Storyful) September 29, 2022
Ian slammed into Florida as a category 4 hurricane and beat up the coastline.
This is insane.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 29, 2022
My whole heart is broken, downtown Fort Myers Beach is completely under water. #fortmyersbeach #HurricaneIan #FortMyers pic.twitter.com/2V0GbB7jdk
— Abbie (@Abbieamerican) September 28, 2022
View as of about 3 hours ago from a friend’s house on Fort Myers Beach… Water levels over 6 possibly much higher. If you are on the coast stay safe from #HurricaneIan pic.twitter.com/Wx77svB2Sf
— The Camdalorian 💫 (@CameronM_Sprole) September 28, 2022
Here is a time-lapse of the #StormSurge coming in on Sanibel Island, #Florida caught on a live traffic cam. This was only 30mins condensed down, it deteriorated quickly. 😬 #HurricaneIan #Hurricane #Ian pic.twitter.com/JKuNROvMm4
— BirdingPeepWx (@BirdingPeepWx) September 28, 2022