Incredible video shows the moment a man and his dog, Lucky, are rescued from the roof of his van after becoming trapped by rising Florence floodwaters

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

Willie Schubert and his dog Lucky were rescued from Florence floodwaters in North Carolina on Monday
Video captured the moment a Coast Guard helicopter crew plucked him from the van he was perched on
The van and a nearby home were almost completely engulfed by floodwaters
It was not clear how long Schubert had been stranded
Emergency crews have been using helicopters and boats to rescue people trapped by Florence’s floodwaters
The death toll from Florence has now risen to at least 32

By EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
18 September 2018

Rescuers have dramatically plucked a man and his dog from rising Florence floodwaters in North Carolina after they became stranded on the roof of his van.

Willie Schubert was desperately clutching his dog Lucky when members of a Coast Guard helicopter crew saved him on Monday in Pollocksville.

The van Schubert was perched on was almost completely engulfed by floodwaters when search crews reached him.

Incredible video shot from the Coast Guard helicopter showed two rescuers being lowered down on to the roof of a home near where the vehicle was floating.

Schubert, who was barefoot and shirtless, cradled his dog as he was lifted into a rescue cage and hoisted off the roof.

‘Thank you,’ a frazzled Schubert mouthed to members of the crew when he eventually made it into the safety of the helicopter and was able to shake their hands.

It was not clear how long Schubert had been stranded.

Emergency crews have been using helicopters and boats to rescue people trapped by still-rising rivers caused by Hurricane Florence.

The death toll from Florence has now risen to at least 32.

Crews delivered food and water to Wilmington on Monday as the storm’s remnants took aim at the densely populated Northeast.

A day earlier, Wilmington’s entire population of 120,000 people was cut off by flooding.

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