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Woman stuck in flood prays for help then sees 6 Marines coming towards her
Virginia was terrified she got stuck in a flood, so she began to pray. In less than a minute, she saw the most incredible sight through her windshield.
Elijah Chan
11.18.21

A woman prayed for help, and less than a minute later, they arrived clad in uniforms.

Whenever we hear about the United States Marines, we always think of combat-ready soldiers deployed overseas. We’ve always imagined them in the middle of a crossfire or pushing hard against the enemy front lines.

But one woman’s encounter paints a different picture. She never imagined encountering Marines doing their sworn duty to serve their country while wearing their iconic dress uniforms in the middle of a flood.

Virginia Waller-Torres was driving through Arlington when a flash flood came her way.

She shared in an interview with USA Today that the weather was fine at first and she didn’t think she’d find herself in harm’s way. She even described the weather as “beautiful”.

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During her drive through the District of Columbia, her GPS took her to a road she’d never taken before. And through that part of her drive, the weather quickly turned sour.

Unbeknownst to Virginia, she was driving towards a flash-flooded area.

Soon enough, Virginia found herself in the middle of a potentially dangerous situation. What she thought was a drivable road proved to be a wall of water.

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Her Mini Cooper didn’t stand a chance.

The floodwater was so strong that it tore off her car’s license plate. It didn’t take long before her engine drowned, leaving her stranded in the middle of the flood.

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The water was steadily rising and her small car was slowly sinking. If she opened the windows to call for help, the water could’ve rushed in. And if she tried to go outside, she might’ve gotten hit by passing vehicles.

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She prayed hard for someone to help her.

All she could do was sit tight and see if someone would stop and help her get out of the situation. Fortunately for her, she was near the Arlington National Cemetery.

A bus full of marines stopped right in front of her when they saw the predicament, she was in. They weren’t just Marines. They are part of the Marine Corps Body Bearers – an elite unit of Marines who performs funeral services for fallen veterans.

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Her prayers were answered in the form of six Marines.

The men waded easily through the knee-high water and in their full-dress uniform. No rain or snow can stop them from helping those in need.

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“If there was anyone who was going to be able to help her, it was us,” said Cpl. Mitchell Wojtowicz to WUSA9. “Because you’ve got six, 6-foot-tall, 230 to 240-pound guys.”

They made easy work pushing the Mini Cooper to safety with some of them even laughing in the video.

Virginia was thankful for “Marine Power”.

And while we all hear the anthem “No man left behind.”, it now means so much more to Virginia.

“It was like they were sent from somewhere else, from a higher power,” Virginia told the news outlet. “I thought I could die, a truck could hit us. And it was as though, somebody heard me.”

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YouTube Screenshot - USA TODAY (Waller-Torres)

The scene has since been immortalized in Virginia’s Facebook post where she said that their help made her feel that “we are all in it together.”

Watch the video below to see how these six Marines waded through a flash flood just to save a motorist!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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