Heroic teen dies to save his brother
Published 13/01/2011 | 05:00
A TEENAGE boy who put his brother's life before his own was one of the 12 people confirmed to have died in the floods.
Jordan Rice (13) was killed in the city of Toowoomba, 80 miles west of Brisbane, as his family car was swamped.
The teenager had insisted that rescuers take his 10-year-old brother, Blake, first. Seconds later, Jordan and his mother Donna (43) were swept away.
"I had the boy (Blake) in one hand, the rope in the other. I wasn't going to let go but then the torrent came through and was pulling us down," said Warren McErlean, a rescue worker. "Then this great big tall fellow just came out of nowhere, bear hugged us and ripped us out of the water. When I got back (carrying Blake), I turned. . . the rope snapped and the car just flipped."
"Jordan was swept off," said John Tyson (46) Ms Rice's partner of 30 years and Jordan's father. "As soon as he went, Donna just let go, you know, trying to clutch at Jordan. They just both drowned" (© Daily Telegraph, London)