Watch Moment 4-Month-Old Baby Is Rescued from Floodwaters After 4 Nights


Water is both beautiful and powerful. While water makes for some of the most beautiful sights across the earth, it also has the strength to do a lot of damage externally and internally.

A prime example of this is back at Paddy’s Creek at Lake James State Park in North Carolina, where young Alexander Golovchuk spotted 18-month-old Dulce Estrella Ajqui Toj facedown in the water, unconscious.

Golovchuk swooped in and swept the young girl out of the water, ultimately saving her life.

And no one can forget the rescue of the 12 young male soccer players and their 25-year-old assistant soccer coach from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand.

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When the boys hiked into the cave for some annual “spelunking,” Thailand’s notorious monsoon season quickly became an issue for their adventure.

As they went into the cave, water began to pour into their only entrance and exit, trapping them further and further inside. It took intense strategy to figure out the best possible solution for rescuing this soccer team despite the dangerous monsoon waters.

Eventually, they decided to send professional divers from Thailand to the cave to individually guide each young male out of the cave through an intense diving process that took hours for each boy.

That very same professional diving rescue team had to face the powerful, dangerous force of water once again when the hydroelectric dam, called the Xe-Namnoy dam, collapsed in Laos last Monday.

The structure of the dam gave in after the massive pressure of rain and floods, resulting in a giant expansion of murky brown water covering a large portion of the southern province of Attapeu and people were stranded on their rooftops. Over 6,600 people were displaced, and many were missing or killed.

While the intentions of these dam structures were to benefit the country, the structure either failed in itself or under the pressure of the rain, which is still being investigated for the actual reason.

With people’s homes destroyed and citizens being displaced and rescued, many people were trapped and helpless.

In particular, on a floating island in Attapeu province, the famous diving rescue team located numerous stranded citizens who had been trapped for four days, which included a 4-month-old baby.

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“We found six children, seven adults and one dog on a floating island. They had been there for four nights,” a spokesman for the community rescue group said.

A specific rescuer with the group named Kengkard Bongkawong said the little baby that they found “looked terrified.”

The relieving moment when the diving team rescued the baby was captured on video and shows the intense emotion within the rescue team.


You can see the high levels of murky brown water and the damage to nature as well.

We are so relieved that this young one was rescued, and our prayers are with the rest of the community.

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Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a major in English, minors in both Writing and Communication Studies, and a Technical Writing concentration. She is currently working on designing and writing a book of poetry to financially support a new homeless ministry of Grove City, PA called Beloved Mercy Ministry. In her spare time, she loves to sing, play piano, exercise, traverse cities, and find the cutest coffee shops. She also has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia, PA
Scholarship of Academic Achievement and Moral Character
Grove City College
Grove City, PA
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