Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Save My Brother First He Told His Rescuer

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Save My Brother First He Told His Rescuer

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Byline: The Chronicle

JORDAN Rice was terrified of water, but when a man came to rescue him from the roof of a car surrounded by rapidly rising floodwater at Toowoomba on Monday, he said C[pounds sterling]save my brother firstC[yen].

The heroic words cut short the 13-year-old's life, but the rescuer carried out his last wish, carrying his brother to safety.

Moments later Jordan and his mother Donna Rice were swept to their deaths.

C[pounds sterling]I can only imagine what was going on inside to give up his life to save his brother, even though he was petrified of water,C[yen] Jordan's father John Tyson said.

C[pounds sterling]He is our little hero.C[yen]

Mr Tyson wept as he told of his son's bravery during his terrifying last moments.

His partner of 28 years, Ms Rice, and sons Jordan and Blake, 10, drove through some floodwater, only up to their car wheels at the time, at the intersection of James and Kitchener streets about 2pm on Monday.

Their car engine stopped and Ms Rice called triple zero for help and was told to stay put. She was unable to call anyone else as she had no phone credit.

The family was forced to climb onto the roof of their car after the floodwater rapidly rose.

C[pounds sterling]Jordan can't swim and is terrified of water,C[yen] Mr Tyson said.

C[pounds sterling]But when the man went to rescue him, he said Cysave my brother first'.C[yen]

Mr Tyson said the man rescued Blake and tried to tie the rope around Jordan and Ms Rice but it broke and they were swept downstream.

They clung to a tree for a bit before being overcome by the force of raging floodwaters.

Another family has told how floodwater gushed into their home at Murphys Creek on Monday, killing their parents Steve and Sandra Matthews. …

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