Caught on video: Firefighters swim through flash flood, save driver

Credit: Travis Spradling

Credit: Travis Spradling

Firefighters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, staged a daring rescue Thursday, pulling a woman out of her submerged car.

Severe weather in the area caused flash flooding that swept away a woman trapped in her car. Rescuers swam alongside it as they attempted to save the woman.

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WBRZ-TV reported that Jerome Courville, a firefighter engine driver,  spotted the woman's sedan being washed away near I-10 on Thursday morning. Firefighters Aaron Sampson and Thang Nguyen rushed into the water to save her, with Sampson using the blunt end of a multitool to shatter a driver's side window.

The men pulled the woman to safety and the three swam to higher ground where Capt. Troy Pate helped them out of the water.

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome says there was one confirmed weather-related fatality.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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