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Deng VIP, 49, has sailed on the river for more than 20 years and experienced many big waves. However, this time, he almost failed to reach the shore.

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in the early morning of August 11, there was a heavy rainstorm in Yucheng District of Ya’an City, Sichuan Province. Deng VIP boarded the ship to check the cabin. The upstream flood peak suddenly came, and the steel cable of the fixed ship was broken. The 8-ton iron ship drifted in the rolling flood like a runaway wild horse, while there were piers and hydropower stations downstream After the

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dangerous situation occurred, when the four levels of rescue forces of the region, town, village and group were in place, a soul stirring rescue started. Rescue workers and villagers waved torchlight on the bank, becoming a “Lighthouse” in the night, guiding the “solitary boat” on the river. Although

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were very scared, Deng VIP successfully avoided the pier and found a place to reach the shore with a bunch of flashlight light and successfully escaped from danger

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on the afternoon of August 12, the gray sky was still drizzling. Deng VIP, 49, and his wife were dredging. The mud in the house was over the instep of their feet. “You see, the houses are flooded more than one meter deep.”

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are only separated from Caoba town by Qingyi River. Local villagers said that it would take more than 10 kilometers to drive to the town, and it would take several times more time. Therefore, taking a ferry has become the most convenient way of transportation here.

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in Deng’s memory, ferry terminal has existed for decades. It not only exists as a mode of transportation, but also carries the memory of many people. About 20 years ago, he became a boatman, crossing the river every day.

“there are six villages around us, and people from these villages often come here to take a boat.” Deng said that on the rush day in Caoba Town, it is the most noisy time at the wharf. One or two hundred people cross the river by ferry every day.

Deng told the Red Star News reporter that in the past, it was only 1 yuan for villagers to cross the river by boat, but it only increased to 2 yuan last year. It took only six or seven minutes to cross the river. “If there are few people, a boat is not enough for fuel.” The flood season of Qingyi River is from May to October every year. On the afternoon of August 10, Deng collected the boat and, as usual, docked the boat at the wharf and fixed it with steel cables. “It began to rain at night, and in the early morning, the flood flooded into the house.”

after 4 a.m. on the same day, Deng VIP received a flood warning from Murakami. Worried about the safety of the ship, he came to the wharf with a flashlight on his mobile phone. “At that time, the water level had just exceeded the warning line, so I went on board to check the cabin. Unexpectedly, the flood rose too fast.”

“I’ve lived for decades, and I’ve never seen such a flood.” In front of him, Deng could not get off the ship at all, so he called the village leaders and asked for help.

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village group cadres immediately reported through the flood prevention duty telephone and asked for rescue. The flood control headquarters of Caoba town reported to Yucheng District flood control headquarters at the first time. In less than 20 minutes, four levels of rescue forces from districts, towns, villages and groups were all in place. Fan Yongping, a village cadre of

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, recalls that after receiving Lao Deng’s help, they found a rubber boat. Because the distance was too far and the flood was too fast, they tried to rescue him to the shore many times, but failed. “Many young people in our village have never seen such a big flood. The old people in the village said that the last time they saw such a big flood was more than 60 years ago.”

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Deng VIP described the situation of the day

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2. The flood peak in distress washed away the ferry

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. I was really moved to see the light of a row of flashlights on the bank. However, the upstream flood peak suddenly broke, and the steel cable of the fixed ship was broken. Deng and the boat were rushed to the heart of the river under the ferry.

“the first time I encountered this situation, I thought I was finished.” Seeing the 8-ton iron ship drifting like a runaway wild horse in the rolling flood, Deng felt a little scared. “At that time, I was a little flustered, and my heart felt like I was going to jump out.”

Deng recalled that the flood on the river was very urgent, and the iron boat swayed violently. He never felt seasick. He felt dizzy and sometimes it was difficult to stand. He wore two life jackets and thought that if the boat capsized, he would have a chance to survive.

“arrived at the scene, we found that the rescue was particularly difficult.” Said Wang Guangyu, political and legal member of Caoba Town, Yucheng District.

rescue director dialed Deng VIP’s phone: “Lao Deng, don’t panic, we are here, we will rescue you.” This has gradually stabilized Deng’s mood.

“I am not injured. The ship can start normally.” Deng VIP listened to the surging waves, the sky one after another of the thunder, looking at the dark rainy night, the shore of the faint flashlight light, heart slowly quiet down.

“Lao Deng, we can’t get close to you. We have to pull the boat to a place where the current is gentle. Is that ok with you?” At the end of the phone, the rescue workers initially worked out a set of rescue plans, which needed the cooperation of VIP Deng.

“no problem, I can. I’ll do what you say. ” Deng replied, holding the joystick.

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at this time, villagers along the river heard that people were trapped in the middle of the river. They took out their flashlights one after another and went down to the downstream bank on the premise of ensuring their own safety. They opened the flashlight together with the rescue workers, and used a beam of light to guide the “lonely boat” in the middle of the river.

“I’m really moved to see a row of flashlights on the bank.” Deng said that it was with the light of the shore that he could roughly judge the position and departure of ships with his familiarity with the waters and years of driving skillsThe distance to the shore.

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Deng and his wife

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Deng and his wife

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drove the ship to avoid the pier

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for three hours. Finally, he landed safely at

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. Deng checked the call record

however, the most worrying thing for Deng is that there are several piers or power stations under construction in the downstream, and once they are hit, the consequences are unimaginable.

“there are two engines on board. One engine is enough to run normally. I turned on both engines that day.” Deng recalled that he tried to get the boat to shore, but failed on his first attempt. Then, the second time, the third time The time of

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passed by one second, and the current was turbulent and the conditions for berthing on the shore were poor. Deng VIP had not been able to find a chance to dock. His mentality was somewhat broken.

“at the end of the phone, we heard Deng’s voice slow down and his voice trembled. We speculated that Deng’s mentality was nearly broken.” Cao Ba town mayor Liao Yuanbing said.

“Lao Deng, listen to our voice, look at those flashlights on the shore. We have not given up on you, and you are not allowed to give up on yourself.” Liao Yuanbing’s voice was hoarse and roared at the end of the phone.

“yes, you can’t give up.” Deng Yingwei, with great courage, steered the boat carefully and successfully avoided the pier. At this time, he found that the day began to light, and the shore was more clearly seen.

at this time, Deng’s boat had been washed to Xushan village of Caoba Town, about 1.5 kilometers away from Caoba wharf. “I found a place to stop.” Deng said excitedly to the end of the phone, where the water flow is relatively gentle.

“come on At the other end of the phone, rescuers encouraged Deng. At the end of the phone, Deng banged his chest to boost himself. The boats on the

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river slowly adjust their direction and approach the river bank by the current. 300 meters, 100 meters, 50 meters, 5 meters At 7:10 on August 11, he finally landed safely!

the people waiting on the Bank of the River gave a burst of cheers, and Deng’s tears burst out in an instant. Thank you Deng made a deep bow to the people who had been waiting for him. The

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rescue, which took nearly three hours, ended successfully. Dawn, Deng VIP finally returned home safely, he did not tell his wife and mother, “mainly afraid of their worry.” The news that the

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ferries were washed away soon spread throughout the village. “I still listen to what others say. I only tell me when I ask him. I’m afraid when I think of it now. It’s good that people are safe.” His wife Jiang Honglan said.

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stand on the wharf, and a bridge is under construction not far downstream. “Our village has been looking forward to it for decades.” Fan Yongping, a village cadre, said that this is a bridge connecting Caoba town and Helong area. It is expected to open to traffic next year, when the ferry may be withdrawn from the historical stage.

however, Deng said to the Red Star News reporter that as long as the wharf and ferry still exist, he will continue to insist on being a boatman. “Even if there is a person on the boat, I will also sail the boat, mainly for the convenience of the people, not for how much money.”

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on the afternoon of the 12th, the flood of Qingyi River was still very big. The original title of

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by Hu yuehongxing journalist Jiang long and Jiang Lin reported

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with the original title: Life lighthouse! The 8-ton ferry was washed away by the flood peak in the dark, and a bunch of torchlight on the shore illuminated his life’s hope