Reporter helps rescue man caught in Harvey flooding, while live on air

The expression “not all superheroes wear capes” feels trite at the best of times. But in this case, it’s rather appropriate.  

A local TV reporter covering the flooding at Houston, Texas (as a consequence of Hurricane Harvey) came to the aid of a truck driver who was stranded in 10 feet of water.  

Reporter Brandi Smith and camera operator Mario Sandoval of KHOU 11 — a CBS-affiliated television channel — were literally keeping the channel’s coverage going as their studios were evacuated earlier.  

Smith was on air when she spotted a truck. As water seeped into his automobile the driver, whose name was reported as Robert, was stranded indoors.  

What occurred next was survival style in action, live on TV:  

Smith flagged them down, detected a rescue team driving by and brought them into the stranded driver, all of the while reporting on events as they transpired. At one point she stopped to clean the lens of her photographer’s camera.

As the rescue team took their ship towards the driver that was trapped and hauled him to safety, Smith became emotional.  

“Incredible kudos to rsquo & those two sheriff;s deputies who are currently risking their lives in this deep water. I’m convinced he’s quite wet, very cold, really frightened.” She explained.  

“I finally feel as if I could breathe,” she continued.    

“I only thank God that you guys were right here in order to get me and put me back on land safely,” Robert stated after the rescue.

The meeting ended with Smith adopting the man. “This is going to sound odd but can I hug you? I happy you’re alright,” she explained.  

So there you have it. Proof that not all heroes wear capes, they also wear rain coats and carry cameras and microphones.    

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