A group of Tropical Storm Harvey victims in Texas literally risked their own lives in raging floodwaters to save a flailing pet that was swept away — and didn’t stand a chance otherwise.
The clip was posted on FOX59 (see video below this paragraph) — and as Fox News reported, it “shows a young man in a life jacket and tether strap wading into chest-deep rushing water moving toward a cluster of trees. For a moment, he fumbles in the lower branches, then urgently signals to the group to pull him out.”
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But a group of people all pulling against the swift current worked to save the rescuer. And when he emerged, soaked, from the waters, he was clutching a dog named Bandit — “the black-and-white spotted pup swept away in the flooding. When Bandit shakes off the water, the group lets out a cheer,” Fox News reported.
The rescue apparently took place earlier this week, in a town called Lumberton, according to a witness named Kavan Wise.
Some teens had tried to cross a bridge “on an ATV and got stuck,” noted the Fox report. “One boy hopped off to push the ATV the rest of the way and Bandit followed, getting caught in the current.”
The dog’s collar apparently got caught in the brush and trees — which is how the group that saved the animal was able to strap in a rescuer and work to retrieve the pup.
As evacuees stream into shelters in the Houston area; as Harvey strains and stresses area hospitals; and as rain keeps falling in Texas — up to 52 inches in parts of Texas, according to the National Weather Service — kind, thoughtful and brave people continue to help one another. Harvey has already become the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history — with 30,000 to 40,000 homes destroyed. At least 37 people have died and more than 32,000 people are said to be in shelters as of right now.