Two Boy Scouts Rescue Woman Drowning in Floodwaters


Two young boy scouts have saved the life of a woman from Missouri who was drowning in the floodwaters.

Joseph Diener, 16, and Dominic Viet, 15, were riding their bikes in Columbia, inspecting the damage that was caused by a massive rainfall that flooded parts of the city.

That’s when they heard the young woman screaming for help. She was swimming with a friend at Jay Dix Station, where the entire basketball court got flooded.

“We didn’t have time to think, her head was barely above the water and we could see her sinking more down every second. We didn’t think about risks, we had to get her out,” Dominic told CNN.

As they got the woman to grab onto their shoulders, because her legs were cramping and she was no longer able to swim, they felt the currents trying to pull them down too.

Luckily, they were able to doggy-paddle back to the shore, where the woman was then transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Jenkins says that the woman is expected to be okay.

“She laid there for about five minutes, coughing up a lot of water and just not moving or talking,” said Joseph.

The Columbia Fire Department now plans to honor the two boys for their bravery with a “Citizen Life Safety Award.”



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