California family spent 10 hours in icy water to escape wildfire
Wildfires continue to flare up uncontrollably along the west coast, where skies have taken on an eerie orange hue and people are fleeing across the region. This family and friends could have been among the dead if they hadn't jumped into the icy pool and spent 10 agonizing hours there. The story of their salvation was told Inside Edition.
Rebecca Crouch, Cindy Drake and 12 other friends and family were camping at a campground in Northern California when the Creek Fire approached their camp. People had to throw themselves into an icy lake to escape the elements.
“When we saw the fire, we ran back to the camp and shouted:“ Get together and run away from here! ” - recalled one of the women.
There were about a hundred people in the camp. According to Rebecca and Cindy, after their shouting, everyone started to fuss, jump into cars and try to drive along the narrow road in one direction. But when we got to the lake, people surrounded on all sides realized that they were trapped. Fiery sparks were visible everywhere in the air.
They had no place to seek refuge from the fiery element, except in the water.
“Everyone was shouting:“ Jump into the water, into the water, into the water! - Rebecca recalls. - The water was icy, everyone was shivering from the cold. It was a firestorm, you can't say otherwise. "
“I wrapped my arms around my daughter, just dipped her into the water and pulled her back,” admits Cindy.
To keep afloat, people used empty plastic refrigerator containers.
Their test in icy water lasted for a long 10 hours, until a rescue helicopter from the US National Guard flew to their aid.
“Everyone was shouting, lighting lanterns to get their attention, because we didn’t understand if the rescuers even knew that we were here,” the women say. "They risked their lives to save us."
Wildfires continue to ravage entire cities in California, Oregon and Washington. If you shoot from a drone the area of the Golden Gate Bridge, you can see that the sky is painted in orange tones, and the city and the bridge are immersed in haze.
When the operator lifts the drone higher, the city virtually disappears into orange smog.
Fires make the air unbreathable, and many people try not to go outside. Meteorologists and doctors advise residents to stay indoors for the next week to reduce the negative effects of air pollution on the respiratory tract.
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