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Man swims through 6ft deep waters to rescue trapped hound in typhoon-hit Philippines

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Doggy paddle: Man swims through 6ft deep waters to rescue trapped hound from flooded house in typhoon-hit Philippines

  • Pooch was seen flailing through the water outside the property in Marikina City
  • Typhoon Vamco which made landfall is Philippines’ 21st tropical cyclone in 2020
  • The brave man risks his own life to bring the dog to safety to a nearby building

This is the touching moment a brave man swam through six foot deep floods to rescue a stranded dog.  

The hapless hound was seen flailing through the water outside a house in Marikina City, one of the worst-hit parts of the Philippines after Typhoon Vamco made landfall in the country this week.

The 32-second clip shows the man risking his own life by swimming through the muddy torrents to where the barking hound was trapped.

The resident is seen hanging onto to a white pillar as he uses his other hand to reach the distressed canine.

He then emerges with the dog and they both swim through the floods with their heads barely above water, to a nearby building, where locals were sheltering.

Onlooker Sheryl said: ‘I really admire the man because of how bravely he rescued the trapped dog from the flooded house.”

The brave man  tries to reach out to the stranded hound who is barking nervously in the deep murky water

The harrowing scene came as winds of up to 80mph smashed into the region on Wednesday night before dumping rainwater across the capital Manila. Marikina City was the worst-hit part of the capital region.

Typhoon Vamco made landfall in the Quezon province on Luzon island on Tuesday evening before moving towards Manila, home to more than two million people.

It is the Philippines’ 21st tropical cyclone for 2020.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Vamco was a Category Two typhoon and made a ‘signal 3’ warning, with signal 5 being the highest.

The local resident looks relieved as he manages to grab hold of the dog and bring it close to him

The local resident looks relieved as he manages to grab hold of the dog and bring it close to him

The pair swim through the rapidly moving flood water as they make their way towards a nearby building for shelter

The pair swim through the rapidly moving flood water as they make their way towards a nearby building for shelter

They warned of ‘heavy damage to high-risk structures’ and ‘increasing damage to old, dilapidated residential structures, and houses of light materials.’ 

The storm comes just over a week after Typhoon Goni, also known as Typhoon Rolly, killed 74 people and destroyed thousands of homes in the country when it made landfall on November 1.

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