This GRIPPING live footage of a Hurricane Harvey rescue is the most moving one we’ve seen yet

There are so many beautiful stories out there, but this authentic one is SO touching.

As the waters rise in Houston and rescue efforts continue, stories pour onto social media about the heroic acts that are happening to save those trapped in the hurricane. We love these stories that prove crisis can bring out the very best in some people.

This video of a news reporter flagging down a boat to save a man she can see stuck in his truck is one of our favorites.

Brandi Smith, a reporter with KHOU 11 News spots a semi-truck while she’s on air, and frantically gets the attention of a truck hauling a boat.

As they speak, the cab of the truck fills with water.

“I’m going to try to get his attention,” Smith anxiously said as the boat prepared to make the rescue. “There is now water filling his cab.”

“Yes, you have stuff in your house. Yes, it probably means a lot to you …. Nothing is more valuable than your life and the lives of your family members. Those you love. Your friends.”

The raw emotion, worry and suspense of this video makes it feel like we are right the in the suspense of the moment.

As many of you know, KHOU 11 News was evacuated due to flooding. That meant my photographer Mario and I were the only ones left on air for … well … I don't even know how long.

The #KHOU11 signal cut out just as Harris County Sheriff's Office crews got their rescue boat in the water to pull a semi driver out of his flooded cab. I've had SO many people asking if he made it out OK and I wanted to share the video. (We kept going and rolling until the camera's battery died, not knowing we'd been knocked off the air.) They pull him out around the 4:40 mark. THANK GOD for that crew.

Posted by Brandi Smith KHOU on Sunday, August 27, 2017

As the man stuck in the cab is finally pulled out and delivered safely away from the flood, Smith shares a tender conversation with him.

“Thank God that you guys were here to get me and put me back on land safe,” the man said. “I appreciate you.”

“This is going to sound weird, but can I hug you? I am so happy you’re OK,” Smith replies.

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Amberlee L. Peterson

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