SOUTHLAKE - Cell phone video captures the moment Southlake firefighters rescued three people from a maserati stuck in floodwaters.
On Friday night Southlake firefighters responded to eight water calls in just a two-hour time span. The most severe rescue was caught on cell phone video. On North White Chapel Boulevard, a father and his teen became trapped on the middle of a bridge after the maserati got stuck in floodwaters. The 911 call reveals the driver drove through the water thinking he could get past it. By the time firefighters got to the scene around 9:45 p.m.. the water was up to the car doors.
Fire Chief Michael Starr says high-water rescues can turn dangerous fast.
"Anytime we get into a situation like that and we're trying to save victims, we can very easily become a victim," Starr said.
Southlake firefighters along with Haltom City Swift Water Rescue used a ladder truck to get the victims inside the car. The rescue took about 30 to 45 minutes before everyone was out safely.
"We actually busted out the back glass and brought all the victims out of the vehicle with the water flowing on both sides, that was the safest way to get them out," said the fire chief.
By the time the water finally went down the damaged road left behind was no longer drivable. The fire chief tells us the road will stay closed until an engineer can come and inspect it.