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The Broken Arrow Fire Department (BAFD) today released video footage from a swift-water rescue operation, advising the public about the importance avoiding flooded roads.
At approximately 2:19 a.m. today, BAFD was dispatched to 6600 E. Albany St. in northeast Broken Arrow in response to a vehicle that had been swept off the roadway by fast-moving water. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found an adult male clinging to a fence post and unable to escape the raging water.
After quickly evaluating the scene and potential hazards, firefighter Robert Goode, assisted by Acting Captain Branson Phillips, deployed a life safety rope to the stranded victim and entered the water to make their way across the current. Goode was then able to deploy a floatation device to the victim. After the victim put on the floatation device, Goode assisted him back across the current to safety.
The victim was transported to the hospital in stable condition. While receiving medical attention, the victim reported that he had been clinging to the post for nearly five hours before a passerby heard his cry for help and called 911.
“This scene was a particularly dangerous situation and the swift action of all responders ensured the victim was rescued in a short amount of time,” said BAFD Chief Jeremy Moore. “This incident is a sharp reminder of the dangers associated with driving into water on the roadway – it is impossible to determine how deep the water is. Remember: Turn Around; Don’t Drown.”
BAFD units that responded to the incident included Engine 4, Ladder 1, Ladder 6, Squad 4, Battalion Chief and Brush Truck 2.