Two cousins save little girl from car submerged in Tennessee River
Last week, a 4-year-old girl was rescued from the Tennessee River. The little girl was in an SUV with her dad when it sank near the Anchor Inn in Marion County.
Channel 3 spoke with the men who rescued the girl.
The two men, Kevin Davis and Corbin Hale, are actually cousins and they told us everything happened so fast.
Hale said, "It was boom, boom, boom. You had no time to hesitate. Like, not one second to hesitate."
Kevin Davis and Corbin Hale were about to leave the Anchor Inn until they saw an SUV heading toward the water.
"All of the sudden, I don't know how, but for some reason, he just cut the wheel like in a 90-degree angle and backed into the water. Before I knew it, we heard a little girl in the back screaming,” Hale told us.
That's when they say adrenaline kicked in-- to save a 4-year-old girl who was in the backseat of the car.
"So when I got in the back with her, I had to un-get her out of her car seat or whatnot, pick her up, jump back out the window, start back swimming against the current,” Davis said.
The cousins said the water was high and choppy that day and the current was pulling the car farther down into the water.
Davis said, "I told her before we jumped in the water, 'it's going to be cold you got to hold on'. She cooperated, she helped me, she kicked a little bit on the way back."
They say the mom later came to get her daughter and she seemed grateful.
Hale told us, "All of it was a team effort. Really, at the end of the day, we're just glad the little girl is safe."