Tom Mitchell spotted the truck as he drove in Myrtle Springs — and immediately began filming as five or six people struggled against the current to force open the doors.
“[The water is] moving fast enough that they can’t get the doors open,” Mitchell told WFAA.
Suddenly, the video shows a man carrying out an infant boy who appears completely limp — and handing him over to another man.
“The infant is white, going blue-ish grey,” Mitchell told the station.
“No color at all and the eyes were not focused when I looked down at [him],” he added.
Then Mitchell put his phone in his pocket and started CPR on the baby. While the visual in the video goes dark at this point, the audio continues running.
“This baby is gonna die if we don’t start CPR fast,” he told the station. “[I was] having a negative feeling coming over me. This baby may not make it, this baby may not make it. No reaction, nothing is happening.”
Then a woman began fervently praying over Mitchell’s shoulder.
“Dear Jesus, please let this baby breathe,” she repeated.
“Well, the first prayer she said, I felt a response in that child,” Mitchell told the station.
Then Mitchell and the other Samaritans turned their attention to the infant’s toddler sister, who was also inside the truck — and revived her as well.
The children’s father, Phillip Ocheltree, posted on Facebook that his infant son “is in excellent condition and is full of life.” His daughter is “breathing more and more on her own but it’s all up to her as to when she is ready to wake up see everyone,” he wrote.