VIDEO: Several members of the Charlotte Fire Department took time to speak with WBTV about the tactics used to pull a stranded cyclist from floodwaters last week.
The rescue took place last Thursday along the McAlpine Creek Greenway near the intersection of Sardis Road and Holly Lane in south Charlotte. Firefighters say a man on a bicycle ended up getting stranded in the rushing water and was left clinging to a tree for safety.
A bystander called 9-1-1 to alert first responders about the situation.
“We got somebody who’s caught in the water. He’s up to his chin, he’s hanging on to a tree,” described the caller.
In a photo from the Charlotte Fire Department, the cyclist’s head can just barely be seen above the surface of the water.
Charlotte firefighters from Charlotte Fire Station 19 along Sardis Road jumped into action. They rushed to the bridge above the portion of the creek where the man was clinging to a tree.