THIS HERO SAVED FIFTY PEOPLE ON HIS OWN

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This man has been hailed a hero after rescuing 50 people from homes deluged by Hurricane Harvey floods in Texas after official rescues failed to show up.

Gaelon Phillips, 23, waited for around seven to eight hours in his hometown of Port Arthur for a rescue helicopter to show up – before being told they couldn’t take his family because they were so busy.

The artist and music producer, whose Facebook page was filling up with messages from friends and neighbours begging to be rescued, then decided to take matters into his own hands.

Gaelon’s uncle and a friend came round with a boat and together they worked tirelessly all Wednesday to rescue 50 stricken people – including newborn babies, elderly people and the sick – and get them to dry land.

The 23-year-old revealed how many in his town feel like their plight was ignored while the focus was on Houston – around 110 miles away.

He told The Sun Online: “People need to know it’s not just Houston that is affected by this we all need help here too – don’t forget us.

“I want people to see what we are going through.”

Gaelon’s home began to flood at around midnight on Tuesday evening and with water rising fast he began calling all the emergency numbers he could – with no response.

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