Two teenagers plucked from raging stormwaters Sunday in Apache Junction said they learned a valuable lesson, but one them found the helicopter ride to safety something to smile about.
A driver following the teens caught the moment the two were sucked into a wash during heavy rainfall.
"There is not a chance this guy's going through that (expletive). Not a chance in hell," said the driver of a vehicle behind the two teens.
But that driver, 19-year-old Kris Stein, decided to take that chance and forge the fast-moving waters.
"The water came under the tires, and it just took us," he told CBS 5 News on Monday while trying to pull his white Ford Bronco from the sand.
The CBS 5 News helicopter caught the rescue of Stein and his 18-year-old passenger, Steven Hoebl. They said they climbed from the Bronco and jumped onto a nearby tree.
"We flagged (rescuers) down. It took them awhile. I didn't know if they saw us or not," recalled Stein.
The rescue chopper finally spotted the pair and plucked them to safety.
"The helicopter ride was fun. The rest of the ordeal wasn't, but the helicopter ride was fun," Stein said.
Monday, the two best friends spent the day prying Stein's Bronco from the sticky mud.
"(I want to) get it home and start figuring out what it's going to cost me," Stein said.
Both said they have learned their lesson and are glad to be alive.
"Don't go through the wash. Just don't go through it. It's may look like you can get through it, but no. It just wasn't our time," Stein said.
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