This is the moment a 23-year-old man hangs onto a tree for dear life after he and his girlfriend were swept off their motorbike during a flood in Mexico. Although the man in the video survived his 19-year-old girlfriend friend was dragged away and was found dead days later.
The man in the footage identified only as 23-year-old Dennis ‘K’ was riding his motorbike with his girlfriend 19-year-old Ana Karen Garcia Diaz when the pair were knocked off the bike by a wall of floodwater in Tlalnepantla, just north of Mexico city last Sunday (29th August).
While Dennis was able to grab onto a tree and eventually pull himself to safety but Ana was dragged away by the torrent of water and her body was found today (2nd September).
In the footage of Dennis holding onto a tree whilst the rushing water batters him a man can be heard shouting: “Hold on to it! Hold on to the tree!”.
Emergency services began searching for the young woman and recovered the couple’s motorbike on Tuesday (31st August).
On Tuesday the rescue team Tweeted: “The search for the young woman dragged away by the flood into a drainage canal continues.”
Earlier today they announced that Ana’s dead body was found washed up by a damn downstream from where she was dragged away from her boyfriend four days ago.
Arturo Iván, Ana Karen’s cousin, told local news site Today-in 24: “She was a clever girl who wanted to be a doctor. She always took care of herself and made people around her smile.”
Ana’s body is expected to be buried by her family this week in her home town.
Dennis is expected to be questioned by authorities who are yet to establish if he bears any responsibility for the incident.