Saturday 24 March 2018

WATCH: 'He's trapped' - Twitter helps save veteran stranded in flooded home after hurricane

Chris Williams was saved from his flooded home after Hurricane Matthew CREDIT: INSTAGRAM / IMSOFIRST
Chris Williams was saved from his flooded home after Hurricane Matthew CREDIT: INSTAGRAM / IMSOFIRST

Mark Molloy

A veteran left trapped in his flooded home after Hurricane Matthew was saved thanks to a Twitter post and a drone.

Chris Williams, a US Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan, was left stranded in the attic of his home in North Carolina on October 9, along with his dog Lana.

#DroneShot #HurricaneMatthew #HopeMills #Fayetteville

A photo posted by Director (@imsofirst) on

He was unable to swim to safety due to the injuries he sustained during his eight years of service, the New York Daily News reports.

His brother, Craig, was checking Twitter when he spotted a drone shot captured by filmmaker Quavas Hart (@imsofirst).

Unable to get through to local emergency services, he sent his brother the image on Facebook, joking: "At least it isn't this bad."

Mr Williams sent back: "You know that’s my house right?"

Here’s what happened next:


Hart responded by flagging down a rescue crew who then saved Chris and his dog Lana from the flooded house.

“@ImSoFIRST immediately dropped everything and drove back to my brother's street - or at least as close as he could get,” Craig explained.

“He didn’t have a boat - but he had seen boats. He knew he could get someone to help. Along the way he found a FEMA crew going door to door. He informed them there were still people trapped on Booker Place where nearly everything was under water.

“The rescuers descended upon Chris immediately. Finally he and Lana were safe. He later told me he didn’t realise how being trapped had affected him until he reached shore and felt that relief I guess only soldiers feel when they get back from a mission with all their friends alive.”

He captured the rescue with his drone:

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the veteran.

Meanwhile, this drone captured the perfect shot of these rooftop 'newlyweds' in a lucky accident.

While a deserted Disney World was turned into a 'ghost town' after Matthew hit.

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