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Airmen to be honored for flash flood rescue

Aug. 19, 2014 - 10:46AM   |  
A screenshot of two cars being swept away in a flash flood shortly after a group of airmen pulled an elderly passenger to safety.
A screenshot of two cars being swept away in a flash flood shortly after a group of airmen pulled an elderly passenger to safety. (YouTube)
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LAS VEGAS — Clark County commissioners are set to honor Air Force personnel who pulled a couple from their vehicle before flash floodwaters swept it away earlier this month.

The airmen are set to be recognized at a commission meeting on Tuesday morning.

The dramatic rescue about 30 miles north of Las Vegas happened Aug. 4 and was captured on video by bystander Doug Bennett.

Bennett says a Ford sedan and a Prius were stuck in the mud of a median on U.S. 95 when a wall of water drew near.

He says a group of U.S. Air Force personnel pulled a woman out of the Prius seconds before it was swept away and flipped over.

Southern Nevada is experiencing monsoon season, when summer rains can quickly lead to dangerous flash floods.

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