Coast Guard Plucks Stranded Mom And Baby During A Flood In Heroic Way

Dramatic rescue captured on video.

Hurricane Joaquin, although moving offshore, prompted some torrential rainstorms that soaked South Carolina in as much as 20 inches of precipitation over the weekend.  This record downpour resulted in historic flooding throughout the Charleston area.


Governor Nikki Haley called it a 1,000-year flood.

While there were hundreds of door-to-door rescues being made by water rafts, one mother and her infant daughter required a dramatic kind of rescue.

Heavy rain and flooding stranded Cristi Mueller and her 15-month-old daughter, Kailynn Walts, on the roof of their Huger, South Carolina home. Her family notified the U.S. Coast Guard at 6:24 a.m. on Sunday of their frightening situation. The Coast Guard dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from their Savannah, Georgia air station to hoist up and rescue them.

First, the Coast Guard strapped on the wire.

Then they airlifted the mother and her daughter into the helicopter.

"Me and my husband are very proud of our Coast Guard," said Mueller. "They went above and beyond and made something scary a lot less traumatic."

Mueller and her child are in good condition, with no injuries.

Watch the full video of the dramatic helicopter rescue:


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