New Zealand — As his wife floundered screaming for help in murky river water, a frantic New Zealand man was forced to abandon a bid to rescue his teenage son to save his partner from drowning, he said Monday.
Stacy Horton saved his wife, Vanessa, 35, as their son Silva, 13, drowned in the Whanganui River on North Island after her car plunged into the river late Saturday.
Horton said he arrived at the crash scene less than two minutes after the accident to hear his wife screaming in the darkness and to see his son's friend and the family dog scrambling up the bank. His son Silva was trapped inside the submerged station wagon.
He tried to dive down to the vehicle, which was nose down but with the tail lights burning more than 3 feet (1 meter) below the surface, he told the Dominion Post newspaper.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:36 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
How HORRIBLE!! I feel terrible for him and his wife...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:37 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
Answer by LuvBug3 at 6:38 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
Answer by StefanieN84 at 6:42 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
Answer by bebita at 6:43 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
Wow...that is absolutely horrible. What a horrible situation to be in...that's a nightmare. However, I think my motherly instincts would kick in in this situation and I'd risk my life trying to save my son. My husband wouldn't wish for me to do anything different, and I'd hope my husband would save our son before me.
I feel the same, I think the guy probably panicked and thought he couldn't get to his son and didn't want to lose them both...I read this and was just heart broken! So very sad..I know it that were me he saved I would have a HARD time dealing with it...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:47 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 6:52 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
Sad story. In the hospital we are taught to evacuate in numbers-the ambulatory and easiest/less acute pts first-therefore, increasing the total saved. I believe the man made the correct call. He saved the surest survivor first. Had he spent time trying to extricate his son from the car, it's likely his wife would have died too.
Answer by Sisteract at 6:54 PM on Nov. 30, 2009
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Answer by Freela at 7:54 PM on Nov. 30, 2009