Amid videos of powerful winds, torrential rain, and disastrous flooding caused by Hurricane Ian, several videos have also emerged showing brave men who risked their own safety to rescue others caught in the storm.
For example, Fox News reported on a group of “Good Samaritans” who aided an elderly man trapped in his vehicle in Bonita Springs, Florida.
“We saw an elderly man struggling in his car,” said one man identified only as Benny, “and we knew he needed help.”
When Benny and others, possibly affiliated with the group the Collier County Cowboys, reached the man’s car, however, the realized that the door was wedged shut and the driver himself was too much “in shock,” Benny said, to help himself escape.
“The guys all maintained to grab the door and pry it open,” Benny continued. “[The man] was a bit in shock, so he didn’t want to let go. So we assured him we were there to help him.”
Several men then carried the man through waist-high water to safety, while another man appeared to collect some of the man’s personal effects from the car.
The Instagram account @colliercountycowboys_ shared a video of the daring rescue:
The name of the man whom they rescued is not known.
Another woman in nearby Bonita Beach allegedly filmed a video of her boyfriend, whose name appears to be Michael, rescuing a cat which was either a stray or had been abandoned by or otherwise separated from its owner.
“My boyfriend saving a cat from flood waters near Bonita Beach. #HurricaneIan #Naples #Bonita #FortMyers,” tweeted user Megan Cruz Scavo.
The tweet has nearly 200,000 likes, while the video itself has racked up over 3.5 million views.
There are also several videos of first responders helping others caught in Hurricane Ian. In one video, a member of the Naples Fire-Rescue Department used an axe to pull an unidentified woman out of her car, which was trapped in the flood.
“Please let this be a lesson to stay off the roads when flooding is possible,” a Facebook message accompanying the video reads in part.
Members of the National Guard have likewise performed “dozens” of rescues since Hurricane Ian hit, according to Fox News.