Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Heroes and Happy Endings

Here's a case of the right person being in the right place at the right time.

An Auburn, New Hampshire woman has a stranger to thank for rescuing her from flood waters during Monday's storm.

Colette Deusinger was trapped in her convertible on a washed out road, and the vehicle was quickly filling with water. As it sank, she pressed her face against the rear window and gasped for breath.

"That was it, I was gone," she told WBZ radio. "Especially when there was absolutely no more air. There were no bubbles left. There was nothing I could breathe. I was just frantic."

Lucky for Deusinger that Fred McNeill had stopped at the flooded out road. He yelled for somebody to bring him a knife, but ended up with a screwdriver.

"By that time she stopped yelling and I was very concerned," McNeill said.

McNeil used the screwdriver to punch small holes in the convertible's roof, until he could rip the top open.

"Her head popped right out gasping for air," he said. "Seconds after we pulled her out, her vehicle sank in the water."

Lessons learned:

1. If you come upon a road that has been barricaded due to flooding in the area, seek an alternate route.

2. Carry a knife at all times.