Man in viral Baton Rouge rescue video speaks

BATON ROUGE (WGNO) - The man who rescued a woman and her dog Saturday in Baton Rouge says he was just going on instinct.

The video has gone viral. (Watch it above)

David Phung and several other citizen rescuers saw the woman's car almost submerged in the floodwaters. As they approached, it became apparent that a woman was inside, and that the situation was dire.

You can see them attempting to break the vehicle's window just as the car sinks completely underwater.

"As I busted open the back, the first instinct was to get a hold of her and pull her out," Phung told a WAFB reporter. "[I] couldn't do it from the boat, so I just jumped in.  I had to do what I had to do.  That car was completely submerged."

Phung said he took a deep breath and just kept feeling around for the dog.  He said he eventually felt something furry and yanked it out.

Adding, "luckily the dog was still conscious."