Near Las Vegas, a flash flood trapped an 80-year-old woman in her car and swept her away. Luckily for her, three airmen were nearby to rescue her;
“It started out really slowly and then it was right on top of you.”
The raging river came so fast, the airmen said they didn’t have time to think about the danger.
“As soon as we heard him yelling, the water was on top of us before we knew it.”
As the water rose from ankle to knee-deep, the group of about 10 airmen from Nellis raced to get an elderly couple out of their Prius before it was swept away.
“I had to slam the door and tell the guys on the other side to grab her out of there.”
But things weren’t over yet as the fast-moving water started to sweep one of the airmen away, but luckily Airman Christopher Jones was ready, “I just saw an arm and a head flying down the water and was like, I’m going to pull them out and hope I don’t fall in.”
“I don’t think hero. I feel most people would do the same thing.”
Two other airmen actually helped carry the elderly woman through the waist-deep water.
The 81-year-old woman who was rescued said she and her husband are visiting from Arizona. She said even though all of their luggage was in the Prius that was washed away, she’s just happy she and her husband are okay.