BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Broken Arrow Fire Department released video of a swift-water rescue from early Tuesday morning.
They also warned people about the extreme dangers of driving on flooded roads.
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Firefighters responded to a car swept off the roadway around 2:19 a.m. near 6600 East Albany Street in Broken Arrow. Officials said they found a man clinging to a fence post, unable to get out of the water.
The rescue team deployed a life safety rope and got in the water to climb to the victim. They gave him a flotation device and pulled him to safety.
WATCH THE RESCUE HERE:
While being treated by medics, the man said he’d been stranded there for five hours before someone finally heard him and called 911.
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“This scene was a particularly dangerous situation and the swift action of all responders ensured the victim was rescued in a short amount of time,” said BAFD Chief Jeremy Moore. “This incident is a sharp reminder of the dangers associated with driving into water on the roadway – it is impossible to determine how deep the water is. Remember: turn around; don’t drown.”
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