The Boise Black Knights were driving though Oregon on Tuesday on the way back from a tournament when a car in front of a team van overturned, trapping the two passengers inside.
Members of the team, which is mainly made up of 13- and 14-year-olds, were quickly out of their vehicles to help rescue the stricken passengers. They first helped to drag one person from the crashed car, before working together to lift the other side so that the other passenger could escape the wreckage.
Footage from the incident shows the youngsters putting their teamwork into action to carry out the rescue.
The youngsters have been hailed as heroes for the rescue, and coach Rudy Jackson paid tribute to his team in a post on Facebook which included footage from the aftermath of the incident.
“I’m so proud, these boys are great kids on and off the field,” Jackson wrote. “When we talk about football there’s a lot about life that goes into that, and it started as football champions and ended as young heroes.
“Great job guys you should hold your head high and be proud of each other,” the coach added.
The couple injured in the crash, Alan and Margaret Hardman, both 65, suffered broken bones as well as cuts and bruises, but are expected to recover, according to the Idaho Statesman. Their crash was reportedly the result of high winds flipping the vehicle over.
The team of young heroes paid a visit to the pair on Thursday to check on their progress.
“I don’t know how we would have done it without them,” Alan Hardman told the Idaho newspaper, adding: “They didn’t even hesitate.”
The team carried on their way after the rescue, and were even gone by the time local police arrived at the scene.
“I’m more than proud. I’m at a loss for words,” Jackson said. “They got out of the car like they were supposed to do that… it’s a great bunch of kids.”
The team play in the Rocky Mountain Youth Football League, where they have enjoyed an unbeaten season, and have also clinched victory in the regional BASFL Tournament final.
With their rescue feat, the youngsters proved they are winners both on and off the field.
More than 340 people have been airlifted to safety after nearly 30 inches of rain hit the Hawaiian island of Kauai, with another storm on its way.
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Those who are defined as “heroes” tend to be the bravest among us. However, after the act, they’ll often just say they were doing what anyone else would do. That’s not true.
There are three types of people in this world: those who act in alarming situations, those who freeze up and do nothing, and those who make the conscious choice to ignore the situation and move on. Recently, an anonymous man in Ventura County, California, proved himself to be the first type of person when he risked his well-being to save a rabbit from a blazing fire.
As CNN reports, the unnamed individual darted out of his car upon seeing the frightened animal. The video shows him panicking initially over the critter’s erratic movements but eventually, he caught on and chased it down. After catching the rabbit, he scooped it up in his arms and carried it away — flames licking the ground as he walked.
The photographer who managed to capture the footage (which has since warmed million of people’s hearts) said he attempted to interview the man on-camera directly afterward. However, the brave citizen declined.
At the time, the individual probably thought he was just saving the rabbit. However, he did more than that: he re-inspired faith in humanity, as many Twitter users have attested.
Watch the harrowing footage below:
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 7, 2017
Because the mainstream press tends to prioritize negative happenings, it can oftentimes seem like no good exists in the world. Let this recent rescue remind you that there are kind people willing to do the right thing — even when they’ll gain no recognition from it. That’s true heroism.
What is the most trafficked animal in the world? If you answered “the pangolin,” you’d be right. The rare, scale-covered mammal is about the size of a house cat and is close to extinction due to people’s insatiable appetite for its meat and scales. Fortunately, 110 pangolins were recently rescued by the Indonesian Navy — preventing them from being sold on the black market.
According to GoodNewsNetwork, 110 of the adorable scaly mammals were recently seized from a pair of smugglers on a fishing boat headed for Malaysia. The Indonesian Navy stopped the boat last week, after it received a tip from local citizens of the Sumatra island. Had the pangolins reached the smugglers’ destination, they would have been sold for as much as $1.5 million USD.
Fortunately, they are now headed to a wildlife reserve. Police are now looking for the two smugglers. If caught, they could face up to five years in prison and over $7,000 in fines if they are caught.
Like rhinos are sought after for their horns, pangolins are hunted for their scales. Both the horns and scales are made of keratin — the same stuff as your fingernails. Because of this, there is no reason they should be hunted and traded on the black market. However, because pangolin meat is a delicacy in the far east, they are still being killed. As a result, the shy, nocturnal creature has been pushed to the verge of extinction.
According to Global Animal, at least 400,000 pangolins are being killed just in central Africa every year for the trade. In reality, that number could be as high as 2.7 million. Said Daniel Ingram, who conducted research on the mammals, “Pangolins have been hunted out of many areas in Asia and recent analyses show there is a growing international trade between Africa and Asia. If we don’t act now to better understand and protect these charismatic animals, we may lose them.”
While conservation efforts for the pangolin are looking bleak, there is hope. Last year, delegates at a UN wildlife convention voted to ban the trade of all eight species of Asian and African pangolins. And, thanks to alternative media sites such as this one, the public is learning about why it is important to protect the mammals.
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The FBI, along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, recovered 84 children and arrested 120 suspected traffickers as part of a nationwide initiative to clamp down on the sex trafficking of minors.
Operation Cross Country XI, which ran from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15 and focused on underage victims of prostitution, involved 55 FBI field offices and partners in Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines, according to a news release.
Half of the arrests occurred in Georgia.
The staging grounds included hotels, casinos, truck stops, street corners and online, the FBI said.
The average age of the victims was 15, and the youngest was only 3 months old. The baby was rescued in Denver, where she and a 5-year-old girl were being offered to an undercover officer in exchange for $600.
In Baton Rouge, an 18-month-old was presented to an undercover officer as a customer. Officers placed the toddler with the state Department of Children and Family Services and arrested the child’s mother.
“Child sex trafficking is happening in every community across America, and at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, we’re working to combat this problem every day,” said the group’s president and CEO, John Clark. He said he hoped the operation “generates more awareness about this crisis impacting our nation’s children.”
All of the victims rescued during the operation will receive assistance from state protective services and the FBI’s Victim Services Division. If necessary, they also will be provided medical and mental health counseling.
“This operation isn’t just about taking traffickers off the street,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in the statement. “It’s about making sure we offer help and a way out to these young victims who find themselves caught in a vicious cycle of abuse.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders participated in two on-air dolphin rescues while in Florida to cover Hurricane Irma, recently downgraded to a tropical storm.
When MSNBC cut to Sanders, reporting from Marco Island Monday, he was physically guiding a beached baby dolphin into the surf.
“Good morning, we have a dolphin that’s been washed ashore here,” Sanders said. “We’re attempting to see if we can get it back out into the water. Clearly it was washed in during the hurricane. It certainly has gone through a lot of trauma here.”
“Let’s see if it can do what it does best,” he added after letting the baby dolphin go. “It’s exhausted.”
When the broadcast returned to Sanders later, the camera showed several people carrying an adult dolphin, which he speculated may have been the baby dolphin’s mother. Sanders reported both swam away into the Gulf of Mexico.
In off-air animal rescues, two manatees were rescued after their plight was posted to Instagram.
Irma made landfall in Florida early Sunday as a Category 4 storm before being downgraded to a tropical storm Monday. ABC News reported at least 42 deaths, including five killed in Florida and 37 in the Caribbean, and millions have been left without power.
A diplomatic and military source within Syria is reporting that the United States Air Force evacuated 20 ISIS commanders from Deir ez-Zor as Syrian forces liberated the city from terrorist control.
“Amid successful actions by Syrian government troops in the eastern part of Syria in late August, a number of field [Daesh] commanders backed by US special services, had been promptly evacuated from Deir ez-Zor to safer regions in order to use their experience in other directions,” the source reported to Sputnik.
The press office of the Combined Joint Task Force of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the Joint Task Force established by the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State, set up by the US Central Command to coordinate military efforts against ISIS, and is composed of US military forces and personnel from over 30 countries with a stated mission to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, called the allegations “false.”
The initial extraction of ISIS commanders reportedly took place on August 26, with a “United States Air Force helicopter” airlifting two ISIS field commanders of “European origin,” along with members of their families, from an area northwest of Deir ez-Zor during the night, according to information relayed by the source.
According to the data provided by the military and diplomatic source, the U.S. then airlifted another 20 ISIS commanders and top militant fighters from an area southwest of Deir ez-Zor.
“Militants who lost their commanders due to the Americans, usually tend to cease organized actions, leave their positions, join other [Daesh terrorist] units or one by one flee. This eventually contributes to the success of the offensive by the Syrian government troops in eastern Syria,” the source said.
The airlift of ISIS commanders allegedly happened as Syrian Arab Army forces, backed by Russian support, were in the process of breaking a three-year ISIS siege of Deir ez-Zor.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD), Russian strikes on ISIS positions allowed the Syrian military to break the 3-year siege of Deir ez-Zor. The Russian bombardment, which was simultaneously undertaken by air and sea, destroyed fortified ISIS positions – including terrorist ammunition depots underground tunnels, and artillery positions near the city of Deir ez-Zor.
The victory over ISIS forces at Deir ez-Zor was the most crucial strategic victory by the Syrian army during the 6-year war, according to the Russian MOD.
This is not the first time the United States has reportedly airlifted ISIS commanders from a city that is about to be liberated from the terrorist group, as similar activities were reported by an Iraqi commander when the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, which was under ISIS control, was being liberated in late 2015.
“The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference,” the commander of volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) reported at the time.
“It seems that the US intends to evacuate the ISIL terrorist group’s infamous ringleaders secretly (with helicopters) from Ramadi to unknown places,” he added, according to a report by the Iranian Fars News Agency.
ISIS fighters who had taken Ramadi were ex-Baathist Sunni terrorists, formerly loyal to Saddam Hussein, known as the Former Regime Loyalists, or the FRLs, according to The Intercept.
“It is reasonable to surmise that the ex-Baathists flying the ISIS flag today are covertly working to undermine ISIS’s caliphate and eventually achieve their own political goals,” according to The Intercept’s reporting.
Interestingly, the U.S. has a history of evacuating top terrorist leaders, warlords and fighters it deems as useful from battlefields.
Just after the invasion of Afghanistan, in November 2001, the U.S. allowed thousands of top Taliban commanders and members of Al-Qaeda—as well as and their Pakistani advisers—to be airlifted out of Kunduz in an operation that was eventually deemed the “airlift of evil.”
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A CNN reporter rescued a Texas man when the truck he was driving started sinking in floodwater in a treacherous moment caught on camera.
CNN’s Drew Griffin was preparing for a live shot Wednesday in Beaumont, Texas, where the man drove into a ravine, mistaking it for a road flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey. The man’s truck started sinking, and Griffin pulled him out using a rope, assisted by producer Brian Rokus and photographer Scott Pisczek, CNN said.
The man, Jerry Sumrall, from Winnie, Texas, said he was staying in a motel in Beaumont. Sumrall gave an impromptu, out-of-breath interview directly after the rescue and thanked Griffin for “saving my life.”
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