By The Blaze. In February, [Eldon] Cooper, a Clarkridge, Arkansas, resident and 19-year military veteran, left his home one evening on his John Deere tractor to see if the dam on his pond was holding from the recent rain on his 25-acre property. . .
“I didn’t want to damage the tractor, so I started backing up to head home, something I have done 150 times, probably,” Cooper said. “Well, for some reason my rear tire got too close to the edge, and the edge on the pond side gave way, dropping the rear of the tractor about 18 inches or so towards the pond. It stopped before going over the edge, as I dropped the bucket to the ground.” . . .
“I needed that peace that passes all understanding, so I asked for it,” Cooper said. “You know what; that peace came over me almost immediately. I stopped panicking, and I stopped trying to breathe so hard because I couldn’t get a full breath. But I stopped panicking, and my mind cleared and I could think.” . . .
Throughout his praying, an odd thing happened: the tractor’s flashers turned on of their own accord. Cooper said that he hadn’t bumped the flashers on, because they worked on a rotary switch. . .
When [his wife came] home around 7:15 p.m., she found a flashlight and first aid kit and immediately went to the pond. Despite the darkness of the February night, the tractor’s flashing lights led her to the scene of her husband’s accident, from where she called 911 — but in her panic, gave first responders the wrong address. (Read more from “Man’s Accident Should Have Left Him Dead, but He Began Praying — What Happened Next Was Miraculous” HERE)
Another Perspective on the Miracle – From Cooper’s Own Words
By Josh Dooley. Just before [Eldon Cooper left with his tractor], he called his new wife Debra and asked her to meet him at their church for the 6 p.m. service. . .
As Cooper began backing the tractor up on the road atop the dam, he got a little too close to the edge and felt the muddy earth start to give way and the tractor started sliding toward the water, then stopped.
“It was sitting there teetering. I put the bucket down because a lot of times that will stop it,” Cooper said. “I thought about my options. I could jump out and try to swim out of the way or I could yell out for help. But, as I thought about the options, it slipped down the hill and rolled over as it entered the water.”
Unfortunately for Cooper, the tractor ended up with the door to the cab pinned to the bottom of the pond, leaving him no escape.
As Cooper hung upside down belted into his seat, the tractor quickly filled with frigid pond water. He released the seatbelt but was wedged into place due to the various control sticks in the cab. The water continued to rise. “I thought I was going to drown,” Cooper said of what he was thinking as the water was rising. . . (You need to read more about Eldon’s miraculous escape from the farm accident HERE)