Texas Man Makes Second Water Rescue in 7 Years During Houston Storm

A wrong turn down a Texas road put Robert Chance in the right place at the right time

Published Time: 04.06.2024 - 22:31:13 Modified Time: 04.06.2024 - 22:31:13

A wrong turn down a Texas road put Robert Chance in the right place at the right time.

On Tuesday, May 28, Chance, his girlfriend, Renee Young, and her daughter were traveling through Spring, just north of Houston, as torrential rain flooded the area when they saw a truck partially submerged in a drainage ditch, according to CBS affiliate KHOU-TV and ABC affiliate KVUE-TV.

“The first thing he said he wanted to do was check if someone was in there,” Young told KHOU. “He was just ready to jump over the edge, he's not thinking, he's just going, it's primal."

According to the outlets, Chance, who works in construction, had tools in his truck, and pulled out his hammer to get break the windshield once he saw someone inside the truck.

In a video recorded by Young and her daughter and shared online by the outlets, Chance can be seen atop the truck’s hood, banging on its windshield as floodwaters race around the mostly submerged vehicle.

“How do you get him out?” Young asked before she turned her phone over to her daughter who continued recording the rescue.

The couple then called 911 for help a -

s they continued to try to save the man, identified as Jeff Jones by Fox affiliate KRIV-TV.

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Per the outlets, Chance eventually broke a passenger window and helped pull Jones out.

Now recovering from the incident, Jones said he has some bruising from banging on the windows as well as a cut on his hand from the broken glass. "The rest of the scars are inside, and that's going to take a while to heal,” he told KRIV about the experience.

As for Chance, the rescue was actually the second time in seven years that he’s played hero. He previously saved a woman from a flooded vehicle in Pasadena, after Hurricane Harvey in 2017, per KHOU.

"I see somebody in need, especially in this dire of need, I just jump in and go straight for it," he told the outlet. “If it happened again today, hands down, I’d jump in and do it even if it was worse … no questions asked."

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