A 35 year old woman, Charlene Herrera was rescued from a flood in Colorado and the incident was caught on video.


Charlene was returning home from her workplace in her red SUV when she was trapped in the flood waters on Pueblo street. The floodwater carried the SUV down the road in 10 feet of water. She was trapped inside the vehicle with all four windows closed and due to the pressure of the water, could not open any of them. Dr. Rocky Khosla, who was stopped by the high waters was the first to swim out to help her in the dangerously rising waters. He picked up a stick from the muddy water and started beating the window furiously but could not break the windshield or windows, as most car are equipped with safety glass which takes some force to break.

A few daring men tried to help Charlene but their endeavors were futile. In a desperate attempt to save her, Howard Absetz, a 43-year-old unemployed store manager somehow managed to reach her through the front window of the SUV which was almost fully submerged. Absetz said that he was shocked to feel her grasp his hand. He became confident that he could save her after she grasped his hand the second time even more firmly. He grabbed her around the back of the neck and was able to pull her out of the water through the window of the driver’s door. She came out of her driving seat to the surface and was rescued from the submerged SUV.

Paramedics and firefighters arrive on the spot and extend a ladder for Charlene and her rescuers to get out of the water.


The miraculous part of the story is that Charlene was driving the SUV with all four windows up. The windows were still up when she was trapped in the flood, and even when the vehicle was being pulled out from the water. It is still a mystery to those involved in the rescue operation and many others as to how the rescuer reached Charlene and grasped her hand when all windows of the SUV were up!


When the SUV was towed out of the water, all four windows were intact and still closed. All the doors were also closed and locked as normal in driving mode.

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It is widely known by just about everyone who owns a vehicle that, you cannot break a window submerged only in 2 feet of water without a window breaking hammer. The window cannot be rolled down under water. You cannot roll the window down under water. The pressure of the window glass against the frame is so high that the gear is practically immoveable and power windows also cannot overcome the pressure differential. The doors can be opened only after the vehicle is fully filled with water. Definitely divine intervention Charlene had angels on her side.


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