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Flooding ruins airman's vehicle during heroic rescue efforts

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Flooding ruins airman's vehicle during heroic rescue efforts

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Aug 7, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dramatic video shows the moments rising flood waters carried away cars along U.S. 95.

A group of airmen rushed to the rescue on Monday to save an elderly couple, whose vehicle was being swept down the wash with them inside.

One of them was 21-year-old Airman Tyler Webb. "I wasn't thinking much. I was like dear God these people need help, so I sprinted over. I don't know, it was just instinct."

Webb held open the car door while others got the couple out. But, in the midst of the rescue, Webb found himself in need of help.

"I got swept away and then Airman Jones, I believe his name was. He just grabbed my hand, so I reached out, grabbed his hand and he yanked me out."

Finally on solid ground, all Webb could do was stand there and watch his own car float away. He ditched it to help the elderly couple and there it went.

"It's totaled and there's nothing we can do about it right now."

Webb had his 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis for only about a year. Now, it's covered in mud from tire to roof. The inside is also covered in mud.

Webb said he was more worried about the car itself than what was inside, so he left things like his glasses and the GPS. He said the only thing he grabbed was the shirt he was wearing.

He was on his way back from work at Creech when the flood hit.

"He took a few days off to kind of get over this and he has to go back to work on Monday and he doesn't have a way to get there right now," said Dawn Webb, Tyler's mother.

Webb's parents are now in town to help him out, and although his car didn't survive the flood, everyone is happy this hero airman made it out okay.

Not only is Webb's car totaled, but he got stuck with a tow bill of $875.

A donation account has been set up to help him with expenses. To help out, click here.

Victoria Spilabotte

Victoria Spilabotte

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Victoria Spilabotte is the weekend anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas, as well as a general assignment reporter.