The Incredible Moment A CNN Reporter Rescued A Man From His Truck In Texas Flooding

"I want to thank these guys for saving my life."

In the areas of Texas flooded by Hurricane Harvey, some television reporters have become impromptu rescuers, helping people out of their homes and cars on live television. On Wednesday morning, CNN correspondent Drew Griffin and his crew became the latest on-air heroes when they saved a man from his truck before it was swept away by the flood waters.


According to CNN, Griffin missed his live shot this morning in Beaumont, Tex., because he saw a man accidentally drive his truck into a flooded ravine ("maybe 12 to 20 feet of water," according to Griffin), mistaking it for a road. Griffin wasted no time running to help, as the camera operator captured the moment the man was pulled from his car to safety using a rope.

"We just literally rescued this guy," Griffin told John Berman in the studio moments afterward, as the man's empty truck floated away down the ravine. "It happens within seconds. This is why it's so dangerous right now to be out."

"There was no time to call 911. He was floating down this ravine. That's his truck right behind me," Griffin said, advising other people in the area not to go out until the waters recede.

Griffin didn't press the man, named Jerry Sumrall, for an interview, but he nevertheless chose to speak to the camera to share his gratitude. "I want to thank these guys for saving my life," Sumrall said, sharing that he is from Winnie, Tex., and was staying at a nearby motel. 

This isn't the first time a CNN correspondent has helped with a rescue during this week's storm. On Sunday, reporter Ed Lavandera and his crew were riding on a volunteer rescue boat when they found an elderly couple and their daughter trapped in their flooded home in Dickinson, Tex. 

They helped the family and their two dogs onto the boat on live TV. "We're very thankful to everyone for the rescue," the couple's daughter, Pam Jones, told the network.

According to the New York Times, the storm hit the Beaumont-Port Arthur area on Tuesday and Wednesday. "Our whole city is underwater right now but we are coming! If you called, we are coming," Port Arthur mayor Derrick Freeman posted on Facebook Tuesday night.

Harvey, which was previously downgraded to a tropical storm, made second landfall early Wednesday morning near the Texas-Louisiana border, and is expected to weaken and become a tropical depression by Wednesday night. For now, it's heartening to witness the humanity and heroism on display as the affected cities get back on their feet.

(H/T: Mashable)


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