Shocking moment a baseball umpire rushes to save a kid playing catcher as a huge dust devil storm envelops home plate
- Referee Aiden Wiles quickly rushed to save the little player as he was consumed by the dust storm
- The incident happened during a Mother’s Day game in Fort Caroline, Florida.
A young baseball umpire bravely saved a young child from a dust storm during a baseball tournament for ages 7 and under on Mother’s Day.
The incident, which happened on the Minor League grounds at Ed Auston Park, Fort Caroline in Florida over the weekend, shows a child quickly consumed by a terrifying dust storm as he stands ready to play to marble.
The child’s referee, Aiden Wiles of the Fort Caroline Athletic Association, shielding his eyes first, quickly rushes to the boy, picking him up and pulling him to safety at the edge of the playing field.
Mr. Wiles, a high school baseball player, shrewdly turns his back on the dust storm to shield the young player’s face, losing his hat in the process, as the other player stands motionless in shock.
Baseball player Aiden Wiles quickly rushed to the boy, picking him up and pulling him to safety at the edge of the playground.
Thanks to the quick action of Mr. Wiles, the child was not injured by the dust storm
The freak weather event, captured by the playground camera feed, happened during the Tribes Cooperation Mothers Day tournament this weekend.
The FCAA Indians were playing the Ponte Vedra Athletic Association Baseball (PVAA) Sharks team at the time.
The Fort Caroline Athletic Association told DailyMail.com that a dust devil storm had never happened on their field before and the referee and child were unharmed.
The incident happened on minor league courts at Ed Auston Park, Fort Caroline, Florida during a Mother’s Day tournament
Mr. Wiles shrewdly turned his back on the dust storm to shield the young player’s face, losing his hat in the process, as the other player stood motionless in shock.
The child was carried unharmed to the edge of the field away from the dust storm
Dust Devil storms are a common wind phenomenon and are generally smaller and less intense than tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
They usually occur under clear skies and form at the threshold between different surfaces such as asphalt and dirt.
Wind speeds inside the storm can reach up to 60 miles per hour and can lift small structures into the air.
A chain of dust devils swept through the Pecos Valley in Texas in 2019, showing the parched land of the ground being swept up in huge eddies.
The 102F weather created the perfect conditions for the terrifying phenomenon by forming pockets of warm air near the earth’s surface, rising rapidly through the cooler air and creating an updraft.
The show was filmed from a safe distance and shows several of the funnel-shaped smokestacks moving together across the field.