MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – A daring rescue from the roof of a home in South Carolina nearly submerged in flood waters. The victim: a native of Amherst, Ohio.
Cristi Mueller, 33, and her 15-month-old daughter Kailynn carefully were lifted into a Coast Guard helicopter early Sunday morning, with just minutes to spare. And the entire rescue was caught on camera.
Mueller spoke with Fox 8 about the rescue via FaceTime.
“Having your daughter and knowing that up in that basket you’re her lifeline. you’re not strapped into the basket you have to hold on as tight as possible and I was scared to death.”
Mueller says with no mandatory evacuations ordered in the French Quarter Creek neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina this past weekend, she and her family thought they would be safe amidst the heavy rainfall.
They were not.
Cristi’s fiancé Ian Walts said, “The entire backyard was a disaster. We have an old wooden boat it was just up against the house. Propane tanks were floating all around and at that point I knew we were in some serious trouble.”
When several attempts to call 9-1-1 failed, the family decided to call the Coast Guard for help.
They were able to make it to the roof of a neighbor’s home, where the rescue occurred.
The Coast Guard crew from Savannah arrived a couple of hours later.
Mueller says, “… they were in constant contact, making sure that everybody was safe and making sure that the structure was fine.”
Now staying in a nearby hotel, the family says what they experienced was terrifying in itself. But after looking at all the devastation throughout South Carolina, they realize it could have been much worse.
Mueller adds, “It was extremely frightening, but it all, thank God it went well and we’re alive and well.”