Coast Guard awards medals for videotaped rescue during flood

AP News
Posted: Aug 04, 2017 11:50 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard has awarded medals to four people for rescuing a woman and her dog from a sinking car during historic flooding in Louisiana last summer, a dramatic scene captured on video .

David Phung received a Silver Lifesaving Medal during a ceremony Friday in Baton Rouge. The Coast Guard says he's the 2,160th person to receive the medal since its creation in 1874.

Phung jumped off a boat and ripped open the top of a convertible to rescue Hailey Brouillette from a car sinking into floodwaters on Aug. 13 — then dipped down to save her poodle mix, Sassy.

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Phung's brother-in-law, Jason Dixon; his 14-year-old nephew, Brandon Barrett; and WAFB-TV reporter Robbie Reynold received Meritorious Public Service medals.

The reporter's video of the rescue has millions of YouTube views.


This story has been corrected to show the rescue happened Aug. 13, not Aug. 16.