Video captures terrified driver’s rescue from flood-swollen river

Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-29 17:42:58-04

CHINA – Extreme video captured the amazing rescue of a driver from the middle of a river after his SUV was washed away by floodwater in southwest China's Chongqing.

The vehicle was washed away by a torrential flood, when the driver was venturing to drive across the river in Fengjie County on Tuesday.

The driver then found himself stuck in the vehicle. The swift river water, which rose sharply after heavy rains, constantly lashed the vehicle, forcing the driver to open the door and lean out.

Rescue workers offered the driver a tube and drove an excavator into the waterway. They used the excavator bucket to evacuate the driver from the dangerous place and brought him to the shore.

The vehicle was washed away moments after the driver was rescued.