Dog and woman rescued from river by good Samaritan

U.S. & World

A California woman said she has a new hero after a good Samaritan saved her and her dog when they fell into a frigid river.

 According to KVOR, Chanda Benson and her dog Gunther were visiting the Stanislaus River when the pair nearly died.  Gunther jumped in the river to retrieve a stick. Unfortunately, the dog did not account for the strong current. That’s when Benson jumped in to rescue him. But she had also underestimated the strength of the current, and both were carried away by the river. 

Benson grabbed a nearby branch and held on for her life. Although it was hard to hold on, the cold temperatures of the water made it even worse. 

“I was trying to think, what should I do? And that’s when I knew we were in a bind,” Benson told KVOR.  “I could feel myself getting colder…it was getting colder ‘cause it was getting darker, and I thought hypothermia is going to be what gets us.  And I just started crying out at the top of my lungs for help.” 

Luckily, Gerardo Hernandez was nearby and heard Benson’s cries for help.

“I just seen a head above the water, I seen another figure,” Hernandez said.  “I couldn’t really tell what it was. I guess my adrenaline started kicking in.”  

Hernandez immediately jumped into action. He found a nearby branch for the pair to hold onto and pulled them safely out of the water. Benson and Gunther are both extremely grateful for Gerardo’s quick thinking. 

“In this world we live in today it’s hard to find true heroes like that,” Benson said. “I told him that, and I was like, ‘Thank you for saving our lives, you’re our hero.’”

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