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jlaughlin72
06-10-2010, 01:17 AM
Justin went on a camping vacation with his half sister and her dad near San Antonio along the Canyon river just before it ties into the Guatalupe river. They were planning on packing up everything at sun up this morning but were awakened at 5 am with ankle deep water in their tent. He said in less than 15 minutes the water was waste deep and they couldn't drive out. So with all the water force coming though, they grabbed ahold of a fence ( i think he said it was like a cement wall) and the debris build up against it with all the water pressure started breaking the fence so they had to let go and try to grab ahold of a tree. Justin said the current took his feet from under him and when he went under, both his legs went under either a pipe or a tree limb and hung him up. He said he was able to finally get to the surface enough to get his mouth out the water and took a deep breath and go back under and wiggle and push and managed to pass the rest of his body under whatever he was hung under. When he came up on the other side he grabbbed ahold of decent size tree and he said the lightning popped and he felt a tingle throughout his body come from the tree so he let go of the big tree and grabbed a small one. He said about that time he seen a big tree floating straight towards him so he hid as much as he could behind the tree he was hanging on to. The big tree wedged up against his tree and two others nearby but some of the limbs broke and pinned his legs together. After about a half hour struggle he was able to to free his legs and climb on top of the big tree that was wedged to get above the water. He said earlier while hanging on to the fence, it swept his legs out from under him and pulled his shorts clean off of him so he was standing there with only a white t-shirt. same thing happened to Kenny (his half sister's dad).
He said that he seen 8-10 big 5th wheel campers floating and flipping/rolling down the river while he was hanging on. Kenny actually had one roll on him and smash him down under the water but he managed to get out from under it before he drowned. And when everything settled down, the river took everything they had brought except the two shirts that they were wearing. All the camping stuff, cell phones, wallets, even the 6 month old 2010 GMC Sierra pickup. I am glad that Justin took after me and don't stress very easily, he said that he knew not to panic because if he did then he wouldn't be able to think straight and he needed to be able to do that to survive it... They had someone go pick them up in San Antonio and bring them to Lake Charles and we went pick him up there. They are doing good. Just a few scratches and bruises but that will heal soon.

anchorpuller
06-10-2010, 04:29 AM
I'm SO glad he and his sister and step-father are ok. What a nightmare!

PawPaw "gene"
06-10-2010, 05:05 AM
Wow Johnny, that was close. Sure am glad that the story didn't end in a tragedy for y'all. I also hope that all of the other campers were safe.
"gene"

MO Slab
06-10-2010, 05:29 AM
Wow! Glad they are safe.

sneakypete
06-10-2010, 05:37 AM
Mercy Sakes, Johnny, that was close!
I've been caught by sharp rises on creeks before, and it's scary and very dangerous. Justin and his crew had the Good Lord watching over them, plain and simple - they should be very thankful.
Give him my best wishes - we met once at Bundick's this past winter.
Pete

prefers shiners
06-10-2010, 06:58 AM
Johnny, what a close call......I am so happy that all are safe....your son was very smart to be able to get through all that.....this just points out that we should always send our kids out with a Prayer for the Lord to watch over them.....I always start my day of fishing with a Prayer to make it a safe day and good times....

I believe their safe return was the result of Prayers.....

Hair turning gray yet .......

Bob # 1
06-10-2010, 07:08 AM
Wow.......what a story
Thank you prayers are sent

docwaldo
06-10-2010, 08:31 AM
God is good. So glad to hear that he and they are okay.

mark :)

BamaFan
06-10-2010, 09:03 AM
Man Johnny! The man above was looking over Justin and his crew. They are all very lucky.
Steve

StickSteering
06-10-2010, 09:11 AM
Hello Johnny;

:eek: What a nightmare. This morning on the MSN page, I saw pics of Texas schoolbuses caught in the flood that were bent in a V shape around trees.

I can't imagine the force of that river water. How old is your son? It sounds like a real passage to manhood experience. I'd say "hold him tight and thank God for sparing him", but as cool under fire as Justin is he is probably holding you!

Big Crappie 2
06-10-2010, 04:31 PM
glad to hear everyone survived the river!swift water is nothing to be around! dangerous stuff!

jlaughlin72
06-10-2010, 04:37 PM
Thanks to all of you for your kind words.. The good Lord was with them. Thankfully his sister slept a little higher up with a friend she met and that girls dad had a couple kayaks and put each of the girls in a kayak and pulled them to higher ground safely. He didn't want to risk them getting in the water and it taking them. I am very thankful that they are all ok.. It could have easily been way more catastrophic than it was. Justin did say that he seen an elderly lady get swept away by the current because she wouldn't let go of her dog and save herself. And a couple of young girls in the back of a truck with their dad screaming for help, he didn't see if they got out or not but he did see the dad put some life jackets on the girls. I hope they got out safe.



Hello Johnny;

:eek: What a nightmare. This morning on the MSN page, I saw pics of Texas schoolbuses caught in the flood that were bent in a V shape around trees.

I can't imagine the force of that river water. How old is your son? It sounds like a real passage to manhood experience. I'd say "hold him tight and thank God for sparing him", but as cool under fire as Justin is he is probably holding you!

He will be 16 in a couple months. And for all their life they have seen me in situations where alot of people would have stressed out and I keep my cool. Glad it rubbed off on him. I think that played a very big part in him surviving it. Thanks again to all of you for your concerns and replies.
Mother nature can be a real beast and we have been fortunate so far. When the tornado hit our house last October, no one was hurt and with this flood, they were ok also.

revtoby
06-10-2010, 04:48 PM
dude you need to send that story to field and stream.....glad they are OK.

LouisianaFishNut
06-10-2010, 06:54 PM
Wow! I'm so glad God kept him safe for you! What an amazing and tragic thing to go through. Glad he kept his head. It most likely saved his life.

Pastor
06-10-2010, 10:04 PM
Johnny, I, too, and glad that everything worked out and your son is back home with you again. The Lord is truly good all of the time!

shadow
06-11-2010, 10:39 AM
Man Johnny, that is crazy! I praise GOD that everything turned out ok for Justin! Even though I give him heck some times, I still want him around. Sure am glad he kept his head, I have no doubt that is what saved his life! Give him a hug for me.:D If you need anything you have my #.

LouisianaFishNut
06-11-2010, 11:27 AM
I saw this in the local paper headlines and had to look back to see if you'd said he was in Arkansas or not. Look like this has happened elsewhere too lately. Scary.

Police say 12 confirmed dead in Arkansas floods | shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100611/NEWS01/100611008/1060/NEWS01)

PawPaw "gene"
06-11-2010, 03:14 PM
Scott, I heard that on my way back from lunch today and was going to make a comment on it, but got busy. My question is why didn't anyone connect the dots. It's the same weather system that caught Justin and others in Texas. It tracked north passing just north of Shreveport and entered Arkansas. I can't believe the weather watchers didn't put out warnings and if they did, why didn't the park service alert people to the danger. Not too many people have TV and weather news out in the boonies. I sure was sadden to hear that news of that tragedy, especially since it could have been avoided. Then again, we are adults and should learn to take care of ourselves. I know no one cares about me like I care about me. I always try to check out weather systems before I go out.
"gene"

blairarnold
06-11-2010, 03:28 PM
Last I saw there is now 16 confirmed deaths in SW Arkansas and 40 people still missing.

I'm sure glad about your brother.

luvtofish
06-12-2010, 01:41 AM
Johnny glad to hear Justin and the others are ok.

jlaughlin72
06-12-2010, 11:20 PM
Thanks again to all of you for your comments and concerns.

redchamp
06-12-2010, 11:32 PM
Johnny,

Sure glad your family is safe....in the two separate events you've described. Just lets you know how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. I wish you and family all the best. May God continue to bless you all.

Redchamp,
Roger