The cameraman drops his camera and sprints to help the family in need during live footage of Hurricane Ian

In the midst of coverage of Hurricane Ian, a cameraman dropped his camera in the middle of a live report to help people get through the flood.

Australia 7News Cameraman Glen Ellis was filming Florida conditions as he witnessed a family struggling to carry their belongings through wind and water.

7News posted a video on Facebook showing Ellis helping the family and then wading back into the muddy waters to help others.

As it was a live broadcast, 7News presenter David Koch could be heard in the video asking if everything was ok.


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“We’re just helping a few people through the water here. That’s our cameraman Glen Ellis out there – I think you can see it – trying to help people who are wading from their homes,” 7News US correspondent Tim Lester said.

Lester went on to explain that many of the people they spoke to had lost their homes in the United States hurricane.

“We’ve spoken to a few of them and they tell us their homes have already been lost in the water,” Lester said. “They flooded right through and had to leave.”

Ian made landfall on Florida’s west coast Wednesday afternoon as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane. Accordingly, it was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday morning abc news.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis called the damage caused by the hurricane “historic,” ABC reported.

“The impact of this storm is historic and the damage done is historic and this is only a deviation from initial assessments. There will be many more judgings to come in the coming days,” DeSantis said at a news conference Thursday.

“But I don’t think we’ve ever seen a flood event like this,” DeSantis added. “We’ve never seen a storm surge of this magnitude, and it hit an area that has a lot of people in a lot of these low-lying areas, and it’s going to end up doing a lot of damage to a lot of people’s homes.”

More than 2 million people were without power early Thursday morning. DeSantis said that Charlotte and Lee counties on the state’s southwest coast were “basically off the grid at this point.”

This article originally appeared on The West Journal.

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