The couple refused to ditch their dogs, even if it meant putting their own lives at risk.
When extreme weather events like floods occur, it usually happens very fast. You usually don’t have much time to organize or think, and you’ve got to grab what you can and get to safety.
This is what happened to the residents of a town in Japan. These residents had to flee right when a flash flood hit. The citizens of Joso, Japan, are hit with incredible rain causing flooding and landslides. As a result of heavy rainfall, the water levels in the nearby Kinugawa River rose and unleashed tons of water on Joso, just north of Tokyo.
As with all these disasters, there have been incredible stories of struggle and determination . Anyone who has experienced a major flood can attest that getting animals out of these conditions is often particularly tricky. In chaotic situations like these, animals can get confused and afraid, which makes rescue efforts difficult. Still, one couple was unwilling to go away their two beloved dogs behind.
In news footage that has quickly gone viral, an unidentified couple is seen huddled on a roof. The entire area around their house was submerged by deep water and turbulent currents, and a helicopter flew over and rescued many people. Despite the high winds and thus the dangerous surroundings, a rescue worker gradually lowers himself down onto the roof where the couple is braving the storm. As he approaches, he sees that the couple won’t make any moves without their dogs!
The pair insists that the rescuers bring the dogs with them. Very carefully a dog is strapped into a bag strapping the lady slowly makes her way safely up into the helicopter. The rescuer descends again to the people who are still camping on the roof. He puts the opposite dog into a carryall and they too depart together. Miraculously, both the dogs and the couple make it safely back to the helicopter!
This incredible footage quickly went viral, garnering over 11 million views. It’s amazing to find out how calm the dogs are and how professional the rescuers were. They understood that dogs are family and didn’t hesitate to assist. Check out the incredible rescue video below!