Video: Jet Skiers Rescue Cows Stranded in Flood Waters

British Columbia was hit with by a massive storm that came ashore in the Pacific Northwest. The storm caused catastrophic flooding and mudslides when torrential rain and wind blasted the Pacific Northwest in mid-November and made its way into Canada. Highways were shut down due to devastating flooding and many towns were underwater because of the heavy downpours and mudslides. Thousands of people were left without power, and some people didn’t survive.

A feel-good story came out of the event and that’s when volunteers on jet skis and in boats came to the aid of farm animals stranded in floodwaters on a local farm. The farming community of Abbotsford, BC worked together with other volunteers to rescue the cattle from the perilous floodwaters. The footage is incredible! We found some clips on the Montreal Watercraft Club’s Facebook page and on the Florida River Riders Facebook page.

Individuals on jet skis were pulling the cattle up and out of the deep waters after securing them with ropes. Small boat operators were doing the same and together, they pulled around 50 animals out of the floodwaters. Many of the cows were too frightened to move and others were making futile attempts at swimming. Fortunately, the rescuers managed to get them moving and pulled to safety. Check out the links to watch the rescuers in action. We know it will take a long time for the area to recover and we wish them the best.

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Ocean Priselac

An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!

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