- Aaron Mitchell had been trying to make contact with his father since Hurricane Harvey destroyed his home in Aransas Pass, Texas
- He told CNN had not been able to get a cellular signal for several days
- Mitchell had walked 12 miles to his father’s home but hadn’t been able to find him
- The moment he reached his dad using a satellite phone was captured on video
This is the emotional moment a man who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey broke down after learning his father had survived the storm.
Aaron Mitchell had been desperately trying to make contact with his father ever since the deadly storm destroyed his home in Aransas Pass, Texas.
An emotional Mitchell told CNN that he hadn’t been able to get a cellular signal for several days so couldn’t let his parents know that he was safe.
Aaron Mitchell was finally able to reach his father using a satellite phone after Hurricane Harvey destroyed his home in Aransas Pass, Texas
‘There’s been no cell service since Thursday, Friday. Haven’t gotten hold of anybody. If my mom and dad is watching, I’m okay,’ he told the reporter.
‘My mom’s in Oklahoma and my dad, there’s no telling where my dad’s at. I’m here in Rockport, waiting on you.’
He walked 12 miles in the dark to get to his father’s house but wasn’t able to find him.
Following the emotional interview, the journalist let Mitchell use a satellite phone to call his father.
Footage shows him breaking down in tears after hearing his father’s voice.
Footage from CNN shows Mitchell breaking down in tears after hearing his father’s voice for the first time
‘Okay dad, I’m going to jump on a bus. I’ll be there,’ he said.
‘Dad I love you,’ Mitchell said before hanging up.
Mitchell had chosen to ride out the storm.
‘I felt like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ man. I was scared. I’ve seen a lot of things but that terrified me,’ he said.
‘I just lost everything I worked for. Everything. The only thing I got are the clothes on my back.’
An emotional Mitchell had said moments before that he hadn’t been able to get a cellular signal for several days so couldn’t let his parents know that he was safe