Now THAT’S a lifeline! Couple stranded on top of their minivan in raging floodwaters are saved by firefighters using a zip line in China
- Video shows the terrified couple hugging each other tightly as they await rescue
- They were trying to drive across a bridge when their minivan got swept away
- Firefighters pulled them to safety using a zip line in a two-hour rescue mission
A husband and wife had to be rescued after they were trapped on top of their car in the middle of a raging river in east China.
The couple was attempting to drive cross a bridge when their minivan got swept away in a fast-flowing flood in torrential rain caused by Typhoon Rumbia in Rizhao city.
Firefighters were finally able to transport the pair back to safety using a zip line in a dramatic two-hour rescue operation on Sunday.
The terrified couple was left stranded on top of their minivan after it was swept away by strong currents. They were seen hugging each other tightly as muddy waters cascade around them
After strapping a life jacket and attaching the cables onto the woman, the fireman first sent her across the river on the zip line while other rescuers pulled her to safety
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Video footage released by Shandong Fire Department shows the terrified couple perched on top of their minivan and hugging each other tightly as muddy waters cascade around them at high speed.
Emergency service personnel arrived on scene at 1:22pm and were seen gathering on the bank trying to get life-jackets to the pair after setting up the anchor point for the zip line.
One of the firefighters then reached the couple using the rescue device.
After strapping a life jacket and attaching the cables onto the woman, the fireman first sent her across the river on the zip line while other rescuers pulled her to safety.
‘Careful! Careful!’ they were heard yelling as the woman slowly approaches dry land, desperately clinging onto the cable.
Minutes later, the man landed safely on the bank as well using the zip line.
Emergency service personnel arrived on scene at 1:22pm and were seen gathering on the bank trying to get life-jackets to the pair after setting up the anchor point for the zip line
The husband is also rescued after his wife was pulled to safety by rescuers
Firefighters, police officers and civilians were heard clapping and cheering out of relief.
The couple was in shock but not injured, according to Kan Kan News.
The husband, identified by his surname Yang, told reporters that he and his wife were trying to cross the bridge to reach his father-in-law’s home.
He saw that the bridge had flooded in the rain, but decided to ‘take a chance’.
The fire department would like to advise the public not to risk their lives and drive their vehicles across flooded crossings.
Typhoon Rumbia on Monday brought heavy rains to China’s coastal provinces of Shandong and Liaoning, forcing the evacuation of 140,000 people and damaging crops and houses, according to Xinhua.
A total of 102,800 people in Shandong were displaced and 261,400 hectares of crops were damaged, said the provincial department of civil affairs.
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