18/04/2016 18:06 BST

Hero ABC Reporter Steve Campion Rescues Man From Houston Floods Live On TV News

'Dude, you've got to get out of the car.'

A reporter covering floods in the US rescued a man from drowning live on TV after his vehicle became submerged. 

The driver had driven into the stream in Houston, Texas, thinking it was relatively shallow. His car then began to sink.

Eyewitness News reporter Steve Campion was preparing to go live for the ABC when the distressing scene unfolded on Studemont Street.

Reporter Steve Campion helps the man to his feet after his vehicle became submerged in Houston flood waters

Campion yelled to the man, "Dude, you've got to get out of the car. You've got to get out."

He then added: "Leave the car, swim!"

The man then slipped out of his vehicle and began to paddle as Campion, holding his microphone above the water level, waded out to his rescue. 


The TV station later wrote: "To our viewers: Turn around, don't drown!

"The National Weather Service reports each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard.

"A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.

"It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters."