The three men were on a boat trying to rescue people during the floods that affected Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the US. When they reached the sinking car, they had only seconds to spare.
Trapped inside with her dog was a woman seemingly paralyzed by fear. “Oh, my God, I’m drowning,” the woman could be heard saying. “We’re coming, we’re coming,” the rescuers yelled back.
An initial attempt to break the window failed. The car was almost completely submerged when one of the men, identified as David Phung, decided to jump into the water and rip open the convertible’s fabric top.
As the car disappeared entirely, precious moments pass before Phung was able pull the woman from underneath the murky water. As soon as her head pops above the water, she said, “I need my dog! Get my dog! Get my dog!.”
A dangerous search began as the underwater wreck appeared to drift in the current. A few seconds later, Phung emerged from underneath the water. “I got your dog,” he said, turning his body to reveal the small white animal in his arms.
The rescue attempt was one of thousands that have occurred amid a weekend full of tragedy. More than 7,000 people have been rescued from their homes after six to 10 inches of rain fell on parts of southeast Louisiana.