A Columbia family worked together to rescue an 87-year old man and his dog after he got trapped in his car by rising floodwaters while passing through South Carolina.
Then the family fed him, gave him a shot of bourbon, called a doctor to look him over and invited him to stay the night.
Southern hospitality, it seems, is alive and well — even during a deluge.
George Osterhues, who lives in Canada, was on his way to Florida with his dog Tilli. He got off Interstate 77 because of the flooding, then got lost near a flood prone lake north of Columbia.
Inside, they could see a man and a dog.
Julie Hall, a Chester County prosecutor, called 911, but the family quickly decided rescuers probably had their hands full during the flooding.
Together, they decided to take action.
At first her husband, Tom Hall tried to reach the man in a canoe but the current was too rapid. Instead, he used ropes tied to trees to hold onto as he made his way to the car.
When he reached the car, the man told him he was “ready to die.”
“No way was that man going to die out there,” he told the Charlotte Observer.
Tom Hall gave the man a life jacket and pulled him and his Yorkshire terrier out the window, and the whole family, including sons Brice, Graham and Logan, helped to tug Osterhues and the dog to dry ground.
Then the family took him to their home for some warm tea, a shot of bourbon and a hot meal.
Julie Hall’s father, a doctor, came over to check on Osterhues, who stayed over Sunday night.
Osterhues, it turned out, is German-born, and a survivor of bombings and Nazi terror during World War II.
He and Tilla got a rental car for the rest of the trip to Florida.
Posted: October 7th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
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