The family of a man who was rescued from a flooded house in North Wales has spoken out about his efforts to save others.
The story of David Thompson was captured on film in a harrowing video which has gone viral, and has gone on to become a cause célèbre for some of the victims of the floods.
“It was a very emotional and emotional experience for us and we all know how it feels,” the family’s eldest son, David Thompson, told The Sunday Times.
The family was at the scene of the incident when it happened, he said.
“It’s an awful thing to happen, you know, to a man, to have someone in your family that’s been rescued from that sort of situation, it’s a terrible thing.”
“There are so many families who are left in this sort of emotional situation, and it’s very distressing.”
The family, which is from Clwyd, was in a flooded property when David Thompson went looking for help and was given a lift by the family dog, Sam.
“When we got there, we found him in the middle of the road, in a pool of water,” he said, adding he had to use a ladder to get to the man who he said was “scared to death”.
“He was screaming, he was scared to death, he couldn’t get out of the car.”
The man had been sitting in the front seat and was also struggling to breathe, he added.
The man, who was not identified by name, was taken to a local hospital and treated for chest pain and dehydration.
“The doctor said he was dehydrated and could have died, he had a heart attack,” David Thompson said.
“He said, ‘If we let him go, I’m going to die, I can’t take it’.”
David Thompson, who has a wife and three children, said his family’s response to the rescue was to “do everything we can to save more people”.
“It’s a miracle that there were any people left out there, there are so much people left without their homes, they have nothing,” he added, noting that many families were still “fishing and trying to find their way home”.
“We’re just trying to help as much as we can, and we’re hoping for the best.”
“The first thing we do is help those who are in the same situation as us, who can’t get away, and then we try to help other families.”
The video has also been shared widely on social media, including by David Thompson’s brother, Paul.
“The family have done everything they can to try and save people,” he told The Independent.
“We have to take care of each other and help each other out.
We just hope that when people find out the circumstances around these people, they will realise what’s going on.”‘
They just want to get out’The family is now using the footage to raise awareness of the dangers faced by those in need.
“If anyone needs help in their area, please call 999 or email us at [email protected] or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” the message reads.
“We are here to help and we will always do our best to help.”