Man rescued from water says he 'would've gone down' without help

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LOUDEN CO., Tenn. (WVLT) -- Emergency responders conducted a swift water rescue in Loudon County Saturday morning.

Officials said a man and his two dogs were trapped inside 6141 Town Creek Rd. West with flood waters surrounding the porch.

"The water kept getting deeper and swifter," Forrest Anderson, who was stuck inside, said. "I came out here and looked. [My girlfriend] said 'we have to get out now'."

LCSO reported that after not being able to make entry into the home of the victim they activated their swift water rescue team. The team was able to successfully rescue the man and both of his pets.

"If I didn't have the support of the other guys, I probably would've gone down," Anderson said.

WVLT News went back to visit the man nearly a week after the rescue. The front yard of his Loudon County home was dry. "It looks like a desert now," Anderson joked. After watching video of the rescue, he said, "Boy, it was cold."

A spokesperson for the Loudon County Sheriff's Office said his team made several stranded vehicle rescues Saturday morning as heavy rain pounded the region.