Multiple agencies work to perform water rescue

Photo from the Rapid City Fire Department

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Emergency personnel from multiple agencies successfully rescued a person from a vehicle that was washed away by flash flooding in Rapid City.

The driver lost control when the vehicle was washed away on West Nike Road at about 6 p.m. Friday. The vehicle’s occupant stayed on the phone with dispatchers while rescue crews worked to make contact with the vehicle.

When first responders arrived, they found the vehicle precariously positioned over a section of road that had been recently repaired last week after previous flooding had damaged the road. Getting to the car safely proved to be difficult, but a fire truck was able to use its areal platform to reach the occupant and give them a life jacket.

While firefighters worked to rescue the occupant, a separate team of firefighters was positioned downstream to perform a water rescue if the occupant or a rescuer was swept away by the water.

The occupant was safely removed from the vehicle and taken to EMS crews at the scene, and was then transferred to the hospital to receive further evaluation.

Emergency crews credit the rescue to the cooperation of the multiple agencies working together.

This was the first of two water rescues performed on Friday, and both were the result of drivers attempting to go through a flooded roadway.

Emergency personnel are reminding the public to always avoid flooded roadways. Always remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when the road ahead of you is flooded.

The video footage below was sent in by a NewsCenter1 viewer. It shows the rescue filmed from the viewer’s drone.


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