CREATED Sep. 11, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- One year after a 16-year-old boy was swept to his death in the Pittman Wash in Henderson, a 14-year-old boy faced the same fate Wednesday night in another flooded wash nearby, soaked by the storm that slammed East Las Vegas.
Fortunately for him, State Senator Mark Manendo was there to perform a swift water rescue.
Manendo said, "And so he was really, really wobbly. So I'm thinking, 'I've got him.' If he goes in, I mean, it's literally two feet away, and he's gone down the wash."
Manendo was taking pictures for his Facebook page of the flooded wash behind Dog Fancier's park near Jimmy Durante and Stephanie, when he saw the boy standing on a rock, next to an electrical pole, in the middle of what had become a raging river.
Manendo said, "He was soaking wet. No shoes on. I said, 'What are you doing out there?' He said, 'Being stupid.'"
Manendo said he knew he had seconds to save him.
He said he tried to reach the boy with his car, but that was too dangerous.
So he grabbed a rope and threw him a lifeline.
Manendo said, that was touch and go, "It took a few times to even get him the rope, and even trying to catch it he almost lost his balance."
Manendo's final Facebook photo of the successful rescue said it all.
Fighting the rushing current, he and another man pulled the boy to safety.
Manendo said, "It was really scary, and it shows, I mean, a lot of people die. And when they say, you know, turn around don't drown, that also means don't play in the washes so, kind of at the right place at the right time. 14-year-old kid. I scolded him and sent him home."
Undoubtedly, to grateful parents.