‘Dukes of Hazzard’ water rescue caught on camera in Ross County

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (WCMH) — Two people were saved from flood waters in southern Ohio in what’s now being called the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ rescue.

It happened one week ago on Possum Hollow Road in Chillicothe.

Jesus Gonzales and Violet Mowery were trapped inside with no cellphone to call for help.

“I can’t swim! I was so scared I was crying I wanted out of there I didn’t know what to do,” said Mowery. “We left Kroger and we was going home and we got lost seeing all this water. I was getting scared then next thing I know I’m in it. I about flipped. I mean it took the car out there just like it wasn’t nothing.”

Luckily, Nate Kahrig the Assistant Chief of Harrison Township fire said someone saw the SUV stuck and called 911.

“It did not look that high. I’ll admit it did not look that high. But once I got stationed to where I could get her out the one way it was up to my waist,” said Kahrig.

He says the water was moving fast and that not everybody has the strength to hold up to that kind of current.

“I don’t think we could’ve got her out in any other way we would’ve had to carry her,” said Kahrig.

“I kept screaming, ‘Help me, help me! I know I’m going to drown I know I’m going to drown please save me!’  He told him, ‘come on I’m going to help you out of here like Dukes of Hazzard!’”

“I’m thinking about her and my mind’s really blank trying to block it out of my mind. See you couldn’t open up the door because of the water pressure so the water was about right up to here,” said Gonzales.

Assistant chief Kahrig said he’s glad they could get the couple to safety in time because it could have been much worse. If the water was any higher it could have swept the SUV into the creek.

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