A tanker truck driver in southern Kenya was trapped in a vehicle for seven hours with rising water around it. It was impossible to help him by road, so a helicopter was used.
In southern Kenya, a flooding of the Galana River pushed an oil tanker on Wednesday. The water level rose very quickly, and the car eventually flipped on its side. The high water made it too dangerous to escape from the truck and help the man by road.
Rescue footage of pilots from the elephant rescue organization Sheldrick Wildlife Trust shows the dam disappearing under muddy floodwaters and the driver trying to get out of the truck on its side through the cab window.
“This is not a scene from a movie.”
The helicopter approached the man. One of the pilots reached out and grabbed the trapped driver and helped him out of the cockpit.
The recording was captioned and posted on Twitter: “This is not a scene from a movie. This is a real rescue.”
The man was reportedly trapped in the car’s cabin for seven hours.
In neighboring Uganda, as well as in Rwanda, there have been flash floods in recent days, killing more than 130 people.
Main image source: ENEX/Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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