WATCH: Fast-thinking Houston TV crew saves drowning trucker’s life
On Saturday, reporter Brandi Smith of Houston’s KHOU and a camera crew were reporting on flooding caused Tropical Storm Harvey when they spotted a semi-truck that has been swept into rising water, said the Daily Beast.
“The lights are going on this truck and the windshield wipers are going and as we get a little closer, it does look like there is someone inside,” said Smith. “There is movement inside of this truck.”
The truck’s driver was still in the cabin, which was rapidly filling with water.
“Sir, are you OK?” Smith called down to him. “Can you get to the top of your vehicle? Can you get to the top of your truck? Do not climb into the water.”
Thinking fast, she flagged down a Harris County Sheriff’s Department truck hauling a boat.
“There is a truck driver stuck here in about 10 feet of water,” she told the officers.
She then went back to the edge of the overpass and called down to the stranded driver, “Sir! There’s a boat here.”
As the officers put their boat in the water, they told Smith that a trucker died under the same circumstances in that spot last year.
“We had to dive for him because he passed away and went underwater,” the deputy said.
Fortunately, Saturday’s outcome was entirely different.
Watch the video, embedded below: