A 16-year-old high school football player in Houston saved a mother and her 2-year-old daughter from drowning in floodwaters caused by Tropical Storm Imelda last week, according to KHOU-TV.
Jayden Payne of Aldine Senior High School just happened to be nearby when Vinita Williams was trying to drive her daughter home from daycare as torrential rains came down, and the car was swept into a drainage ditch. Jayden and his mother, Cynthia, watched in horror as the car sank underwater.
"The whole street was just submerged with water," Jayden told KHOU. "I hear my mom screaming 'No, no! Someone stop her! Get out of the car! Get out of the car!' I just started seeing it sink. I was like, 'Oh, my God.'"
Williams experienced the danger that comes with driving in flood conditions — she didn't even realize she was driving into a deadly situation. Before she could do anything about it, the car was sinking and she couldn't get the doors open because of the pressure from the water.
"I was like, 'Oh, my God! Are we going to die in here? I grabbed my baby, and I started kicking and pulling and kicking and pulling and somehow, [the door] opened."
Opening the door was a success, but that put Williams and her daughter right in the flood waters with Williams holding the little girl over her head desperately screaming for help. That's when Jayden ran over, dove in the waters, and pulled the two of them out.
"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him," Williams said. "If he wouldn't have jumped in that water and pulled us out, we would not be here."
Coincidentally, Williams and Jayden live in the same apartment complex, and told KHOU that their families will be friends forever.
"I feel like I did something great," Jayden said. "I had to make sure two of God's children didn't die at an early age."