By Mark Hodge @mrhodgey
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Videographer / Director: Brett Adair, LSM
Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas
Shot on October 4, the dramatic footage was captured by meteorologist Brett Adair, 29, who was covering the historic flooding which has engulfed South Carolina for Weather Nation TV.
Taken in state capital Columbia, the video shows hero Joe Watts swimming out to the stranded vehicle and smashing in the driver's back window before hauling him to safety.
The emergency services arrived soon after and rescued the pair from the back of the truck.
Sunday was the wettest day in the history of the city according to the US National Weather Service with governor Nikki Haley describing the floods as a “1,000 year level of rain”.
Alabama-born Brett described how the driver nearly drowned when his white pickup truck was pulled towards an overflowing river.
He said: “We knew he was in trouble as he was moving toward Gills Creek which had burst its bank.
“He was about to drown as the water was up to his nostrils and he was ingesting water.
“Joe Watts swam out to him and knocked out the back window and pulled him on to the bed of the pickup.”
And Brett revealed that the dangerous floods are far from over.
He said: “This is something these people have never seen - swift, high waters that rose extremely fast.
“Now there is a threat of dam failures so the danger is not over - this is a prime example as to why people should stay home during flash flooding.
“This creates additional problems and congestion for law enforcement, fire and rescue, and emergency management.”