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The pair found themselves in the direct path of the typhoon that hit the Philippine islands, a storm that claimed thousands of lives. The pair found themselves in the direct path of the typhoon that hit the Philippine islands, a storm that claimed thousands of lives.
It was supposed to be a trip filled with zip lining, rock climbing and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds. It was supposed to be a trip filled with zip lining, rock climbing and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds.
Getting off the island would be the men's next challenge. Cyrus recalls the line to get on a boat that would take them to an airport. Getting off the island would be the men's next challenge. Cyrus recalls the line to get on a boat that would take them to an airport.
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MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

The trip of a lifetime turned into a deadly situation for one Murphysboro father and son.

The pair found themselves in the direct path of the typhoon that hit the Philippine islands, a storm that claimed thousands of lives.

It wasn't 72 hours ago that Cyrus Lingle was there among all the devastation. Now, he's home safe and sound; and Wednesday he shared with us video and pictures that show just how devastating and powerful the storm was.

It was supposed to be a trip filled with zip lining, rock climbing and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds.

"We were right in the middle of it," Cyrus said.

But one of the strongest storms ever recorded would make it one Cyrus and his dad, Rick Lingle, would never forget.

"It was just black clouds all over the place and then the waves started getting really heavy and then a lot of rain and then the wind picked up," he said.

The two had been staying with a friend on the Island of Boracay when the typhoon hit; its path ripping straight through the small Philippine island. But that didn't stop the men from capturing some of the storm's massive strength.

"People holding up power lines cause the power lines were down because they shut all the power off," he said. "Houses demolished. Massive trees broke in half."

They took shelter in a small hotel building and waited out the storm. What they saw in the hours after, complete destruction. Getting off the island would be the men's next challenge. Cyrus recalls the line to get on a boat that would take them to an airport.

"There were thousands and thousands and thousands of people trying to get off the island," he said. "It was very hectic. There were people running around everywhere, going crazy, people cutting in line, people freaking out."

Happy to be home safe and sound, his dad stayed behind to help out his friend and thousands of others in need.

"I'm pretty proud of him for staying over there," he said. "He is risking it because of all the looting going on; he can get robbed at any time."

Cyrus said his dad will stay there until April. We talked to Rick Lingle via e-mail and last update was he was buying chainsaws to help clear some of the roads. His friend's home where he was staying at was completely leveled. He plans to help her rebuild; and believe it or not, plans to retire in the Philippines in a few years.

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