A father and his two young children found themselves in a very bad position while driving home in Wills Point, TX.
Their truck was overturned after hydroplaning into a ditch, where flood waters were rapidly rising.
Phillip Ocheltree, 25, lives in the area of Texas that was hit hard by tornadoes over the past weekend.
When the vehicle flipped it trapped Ocheltree and his infant son Marshal, and little girl Addyson, aka Addy, inside.
Rising flood waters surrounding the car made it impossible to open the doors.
Thankfully, passersby spotted the upturned truck near Myrtle Spring and rushed to the family’s aid.
The men struggled to force the doors open against the current for several minutes until one man, wearing a red t-shirt and a cap, is able to get inside and grab baby Marshal from the backseat of the truck that was rapidly filling with water.
‘I need some f**king help!’ he screamed as he waded to shore with the infant in his arms.
Sadly when he got to land, the rescuers could see the little boy was not breathing.
‘No color at all and the eyes were not focused when I looked down,’ Mitchell told WFAA-TV.
At that point, he put his phone which was still recording in his pocket, and started CPR.
‘This baby is gonna die if we don’t start CPR fast,’ Mitchell said. ‘Having a negative feeling coming over me,’ he added. ‘This baby may not make it, this baby may not make it. No reaction, nothing is happening.’
A woman off camera is heard praying: ‘Dear Jesus, please let this baby breathe.’
Both children have been stabilized and are alive. The daughter is in more serious condition than the son.
‘She is stable and breathing more and more on her own but it’s all up to her as to when she is ready to wake up see everyone please, please keep my little bug your prayers. I can’t thank you all enough who came into the water and saved my children your a blessing thank you all so much.’
On Sunday night he added an update saying Addy was ‘doing much better’ and that doctors planned to remove her breathing tube on Monday to see if she can breathe on her own.
This story is a welcoming reminder that a community is able to pull together in time of need.
Imagine if these strangers did nothing to help this young family; both children, and the father, would probably have died.