RALEIGH, N.C. — In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Craig Williams was desperate to get a hold of his brother in North Carolina.
“We called local emergency services, the fire department and nothing would go through,” Williams said.
After dozens of failed phone calls, Williams took to Twitter, looking for updates on the flooded town.
He came across this drone photo, and jokingly sent it to his brother Chris through Facebook messenger.
“Just trying to give him a laugh, I said ‘Hey man at least you’re not this guy.’ I had no idea,” Williams said.
He had no idea it was his brother’s house in the photo.
“It occurs to me, this guy just posted this. If he’s in the neighborhood right now filming, he must have a boat or something,” Williams said.
So Williams reached out to the photographer on Twitter.
“Holy s— that’s my brothers house … the one with one shutter. Any chance you can boat him out of there? He’s trapped upstairs,” Williams wrote.
He didn’t have his own boat, but he was able to flag down a Federal Emergency Management Agency rescue crew and bring them to Chris.
“He told me he was getting a guy with a drone to bring a boat, and I’m kind of like is he messing with me right now? I was kind of in disbelief, but it worked and there was a drone hovering right in front of me,” Chris Williams said.
After about 14 hours in his attic, Chris Williams was finally free.
“My physical reaction when I got on to dry land with my dog, it was really similar to some stuff I had when deployed,” Chris Williams said.
Both brothers are thankful for social media, a kind stranger, and each other.