LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - A 9-year-old California boy trekked across miles of snow to help rescue his dad over the weekend.
The pair was out snowmobiling near Lake Tahoe on Sunday when they crashed. First responders said Bode Beirdneau's dad, JT, was knocked off his snowmobile and became trapped under the vehicle in deep snow.
"I jumped off my snowmobile and tried to dig him out," the fourth-grader told ABC News . "I dug him out as fast as I could but my fingers got numb."
Bode knew he had to find help, but he had no GPS or cellphone reception. He said he didn’t have many options, but he fought pain, cold and intense fear to get help for his dad.
"I was pretty nervous and it was just a lot of pressure on me I didn't know where to go and it was really hard," Bode said.
Bode eventually decided to walk for several miles on his own until he found a tour group that was able to radio for help.
Helicopters then airlifted his dad to the hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery on his broken leg.
Bode’s mom credited her son’s demeanor for the rescue.
"I was so upset, but then I thought he is such a calm kid, he is so grounded, he is such a hero," she told ABC News.