A young boy was stranded in rising flood waters in Lake Woodlands, Texas on Sunday, and according to an eyewitness, the child was stuck in the water for nearly 20 minutes before an involved rescue.
Resident Heidi Hall captured the dramatic rescue on video.
According to Hall, the boy and a friend attempted to salvage a kayak from flood waters. As a result, one of the boys became trapped in the treacherous waters.
"I couldn't believe these two kids went after the kayak," Hall said.
She continued, "The current was obviously really strong but they swam out anyway. One of them managed to get to the shore but this kid was stuck for about 20 minutes just holding on to a submerged buoy line. All of the major rescue teams are downtown so this group didn't have time to wait for a boat to appear."
"He could have lost his life just for the sake of a kayak," Hall added.
A small rescue crew was stationed at what appeared to be an outdoor staircase, and were positioned with a buoy line in hand while they attempted to tow the boy to safety.
The boy was eventually pulled to safety by those assisting in his rescue.
Cheers and claps erupted as the boy was pulled from the waters and onto safe ground, and a blanket was placed over his shoulders.
See the heartening rescue in the video below.
Stories of courage during Hurricane Harvey
Monday saw Texas Gov. Greg Abbott laud the efforts of rescue teams and Texas citizens for their bravery in assisting fellow citizens during Hurricane Harvey's wrath.
During an interview with CNN's "New Day," Abbott said that the state's response to the devastation showcases "what Texas is all about."
"It’s been so heartwarming to see not only the first responders go in there and save lives and rescue people, but Texans helping Texans, which is the way that we always do it," Abbott said. "Texans taking a boat out and bringing people to safety, that’s what Texas is all about."
Friday saw a brave police officer weathering Hurricane Harvey to save an American flag.
Texas's Aransas Pass Police Department shared a photo of Officer Jack McCarty reaching to secure an American flag as the storm — at the time, a Category 4 hurricane — pounded down.
“While some dishonor and desecrate her, APPD Ofc. Jack McCarty will stop at nothing to honor and save her.#GodBlessAmerica #HurricaneHarvey,” the department said in a Facebook post.