College professor rescued from flood by alert citizen

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A local man is being praised for his efforts to save a college professor from drowning in floodwaters.

The Mountain Advocate reports ( that Robert Chandler, of London, was on his way home Tuesday when he tried to drive through high water at an underpass.

Chandler, a biology professor at Union College, says the car began to float, and there was nothing he could do. He says he tried to call 911, but no one answered.

Then, he heard a voice from the highway. It was Sean Trinque, Union College’s cycling coach. He was driving back into town when the floating car caught his eye.

Trinque was able to rescue Chandler by pulling him out of the sinking car’s window.

Chandler says “He saved my life. I’ll appreciate it forever.”

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