Two Missouri Boy Scouts have become heroes after their harrowing rescue of a drowning woman undoubtedly saved her life.
“I don’t think she could’ve lasted until [first responders] got there,” says rescuer Joseph Diener. “We definitely paused, but then we decided it was the right thing to do.”
Diener, a 16-year-old boy scout, was riding his bike alongside fellow scout Dominic Viet, 15, when something caught both their ears. The sound was unmistakable: someone was calling for help.
Amidst the flooding waters of Hinkson Creek, an 18-year-old woman was struggling. According to the Columbia Missourian, she had put on a bathing suit and entered the dangerous waters for a swim Friday. Her only lifeline became a basketball hoop which was mostly underwater, adds Columbia Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Jenkins for the Today show.
“The [woman] had entered the water to swim, to the best of our knowledge,” Jenkins tells Today . But then, “These two young boy scouts come by and heard the distress calls… for two 15- and 16-year-olds to react that way, it was very heroic,” he offers.
Two Troop 6 Boy Scouts helped bring an 18-year-old woman to safety at Jay Dix Station Friday afternoon.KOMU 8 News
15-year-old rescuer Dominic Viet tells the Columbia Missourian that friends of the drowning woman were nearby. She, however, was alone in the water for at least 30 minutes.
“I don’t think she could’ve lasted until [first responders] got there,” Joseph tells the trade. “We definitely paused, but then we decided it was the right thing to do.”
The right thing, indeed. Boy Scouts Joseph and Dominic couldn’t believe it. “I’m like, ‘I can’t leave somebody out there to struggle in the water while I’m sitting here and watching,'” Joseph adds for NBC/CW’s KOMU.
Boy Scouts Fight Flooding Creek to Save 18-Year-Old Swimmer
To get to the woman, both boy scouts fought the current and water that was over their heads. 6 to 7 feet of it, to be exact. Eventually, they were able to swim 10 yards to get to the drowning 18-year-old. There, they took hold of her, putting her hands onto their shoulders. Bringing her to safety, other bystanders were then able to pull the trio from the raging waters.
Thankfully, the woman was conscious and able to speak. After exiting the water, she was brought to local University Hospital, the Columbia Missourian cites. Her current condition is unknown.
Of the rescue, boy scout Joseph’s father, Jeremy, says he “was proud but concerned.”
“We had a long talk afterwards about the dangers of floodwaters,” he adds for Missourian. “It feels good to know he would think of others in that way.”
As for the teens’ scoutmaster, Morgan Dailey, badges for said heroism are absolutely in order. Troop 6 plans to reward Joseph and Dominic for their bravery soon.
“There’s a heavy emphasis on being prepared and especially being prepared for emergency situations,” Dailey tells KOMU. “And this clearly was an emergency situation where there was a young woman that was struggling in the water.”
Watch the station’s coverage above for more from the boy scouts‘ incredible rescue. Well done, gents!