Man swims 45 minutes through floodwater to save 86-year-old mother from drowning in Hurricane Ian

A man swam half a mile through floodwater to rescue his drowning mother after she refused to evacuate her home in the face of Hurricane Ian.

Johnny Lauder’s mother Karen, 86, decided not to leave her house in Naples, Florida before Ian made landfall with 150mph winds on Wednesday.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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