Two women and a 3-year-old girl were rescued from an SUV Wednesday night, after the vehicle was swept off the road by rising floodwaters into a ditch in Worth County, Iowa, the sheriff's office said.
Video cameras captured the rescue, which Kare11.com revealed took 45 minutes. Worth County Sheriff's Lt. Daniel Shaffer said the rescue was a joint effort of “several different fire departments.”
The video shows rescuers using a zip-line-type maneuver to safely transport the child from the SUV, through the choppy waters and onto dry land.
"Torrential downpour with very heavy rains, poor visibility, poor surface conditions," Shaffer described the conditions after the rescue.
Worth County is under a flood warning until 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, according to weather.com. “Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway,” the site warns, “turn around … don’t drown.”
The three victims were examined at the scene and found to be in good health, Kare11.com said.