A youth baseball game in Florida on Sunday was the subject of a frightening weather event when a dust eddy formed at home plate and a child appeared to become trapped in it.
The incident occurred at the Fort Caroline Athletic Association baseball field in Jacksonville. The dust storm formed right at home plate and a 7-year-old girl, identified as Zoya, was caught up in it. The referee, 17-year-old Aidan Wiles, came to the boy’s rescue and was able to get him out and protect him.
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In the video, a bystander can be heard saying, «you saved his life.»
«I was scared and I was afraid someone was going to take me out,» Zoya told News 4 Jax on Monday.
The boy said he felt like he was there for 10 minutes, even though it only took a few seconds.
«I couldn’t breathe that much,» he told the station. «So I held my breath and felt like I couldn’t touch the ground. So I pulled myself up a bit.»
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Zoya proved to be a tough competitor as the incident did not stop her from playing. His father walked up to him, splashed water on his face to wash the dirt out of his eyes, and was ready to go.
«A kid who had the presence in mind to do that is something special to see,» said Zoya’s father, Brian. «It was great to see him yesterday. He had great parents who raised him.»
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According Weather in ZORRO«Dust eddies typically form on hot sunny days with light winds. Dust-filled vortices are created by surface heating and typically only last a few minutes before dissipating.»