Phoenix TV Reporter Rescues Motorist In Flash Flood [VIDEO]

Phoenix TV reporter Steve Ryan rescues driver in a flash flood -- on camera.


Surveys show that the public still gets most of their news from television, but they don't trust broadcast journalists much. Of course, local on-air reporters especially tend to make some ridiculous mistakes, from the North Dakota news anchor who dropped f-bomb on his first day on air to the San Francisco anchor who managed to not only misreport a tragic crash but make racial slurs in the process.

And so, it's a bit of welcome news that a Phoenix TV reporter managed to show a bit of quick thinking on the air and rescue a stranded motorist, as MediaBistro.com reports (via KTVK.com). KTVK reporter Steve Ryan was in the field, covering a flash flood storm when he says he heard screams, "absolute terror." He saw a woman trying to climb out of her car, and concerned she'd lose her footing in the foot of water, he carried her out. The video showed him carrying her on his back, splashing through the water.

"It's a team effort out here," KTVK reporter Steve Ryan told the anchor Carey Pena. "When someone's panicking, we help out."

After the rescue, the woman -- not named -- told him, "I just kinda freaked out. I thought I was going to drown."

"But you didn't," Ryan reminded her, adding she is "no worse for the wear."

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Tom G

She just didn't want to get those ugly sneakers wet .

September 03 2013 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leavus Alonus

The roadblock did not go up until after she was rescued.

September 03 2013 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drakkusshadows

He better hope he doesn't get sued.

September 03 2013 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

She drove through a roadblock to get where she was,.....I would make the dummy get her feet wet and hoof it home all by herself.

September 02 2013 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lmm3

Everything comes down to race--doesn't it?

August 31 2013 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Richard

Yes it does...some people are dumber than others.

September 02 2013 at 5:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
David

Humans, go figure.

August 31 2013 at 6:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elizabeth

Good for him. Much better than one reporter from a local VA station who announced on air that he "isn't worried about" my area during a hurricane.

August 31 2013 at 5:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dobrodziej

Awww a damsel in distress, she must be saved because she can't wet her precious feet above the ankles, so she screams in terror. Embarrassing. .....

August 31 2013 at 5:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dave and mary

A white guy saves a black woman? That's a racist save right there! Al? Jesse? BHO?

August 31 2013 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CC

A foot of water?? She was going to drown in a foot of water. Had to be carried out of a whole foot of water??

August 31 2013 at 4:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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