Teenager lost in the floodsby Aimee Herd : Jan 14, 2011 : Bryony Jones – CNN.com

“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. He is our little hero.”

A CNN.com report notes the courageous actions by some of those trapped by the horrific flooding in Australia this week.

In one instance, Queensland teenager Jordan Rice sacrificed his own life to save his brother’s when the family became trapped in their car as a sudden flash flood overtook it. (Photo: CNN.com)

Jordan, his mother and his younger brother, Blake, struggled to survive on the roof of the car, as they waited for rescuers to help them to safety. When help arrived planning to take Jordan first, he demanded that they save his little brother and mother before him.

Blake was rescued, but it was too late to help either Jordan or his mom. The boy’s father, John Tyson, who had not been with them at the time, told a local newspaper, “Jordan can’t swim and is terrified of water. But when the man went to rescue him, he said ‘save my brother first.’

“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. He is our little hero,” said Tyson.

Another story of bravery and sacrifice came out of Murphy’s Creek, where a couple—trapped in their home with their two children, facing swiftly rising waters—hoisted their children up onto the roof of their house so they could be rescued. The couple did not make it to safety.

Many people are still missing in the floods; please keep Australia in your prayers.

(CNN) — A teenager who was scared of water drowned in the Queensland floods after begging rescuers to save his younger brother first.

Jordan Rice, 13, and his mother Donna, 43, were swept away as a wall of water hit the town of Toowoomba on Monday afternoon.

His family has hailed the youngster’s selfless actions.

“Jordan can’t swim and is terrified of water,” his father, John Tyson, told local newspaper The Toowoomba Chronicle. “But when the man went to rescue him, he said ‘save my brother first.’

“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. He is our little hero.”

Rice was taking Jordan and his 10-year-old brother Blake to buy school uniforms when the family car became stuck in floodwaters.

As the tide rose around them, the mother-of-four made a desperate call to the emergency services, and the trio clambered on to the roof of their stranded vehicle, before passer-by Warren McErlean stopped to help.

“I called out for some ropes and a guy gave me some ropes and I tied those together and just headed out towards this car,” he told the Nine Network.

“But the water just kept coming up and by the time I got near this car it just swept me off my feet.

“The mum put the boy on his back and brought him across to me and by that time I grabbed the boy and the water kept coming up… it was too much water and there was just no time. The tension took up on the rope and I had to let it go.

“He was just pleading with me to please save my mum, please save my mummy – he was screaming to save his mum.

“It’s terrible. I just kept telling the boy it was going to be alright and it wasn’t,” a distraught McErlean explained.

“I’m just very sorry for himself and his family that we couldn’t do some more and get them out.”

A Facebook page set up as a tribute to Jordan has garnered more than 150,000 supporters, and has been filled with messages of sympathy and support for his father and brothers Blake, Kyle, 16, and Chris, 22.

The death toll from the Queensland floods has risen to 15, and there are fears it could grow further as the waters recede in the days to come, with some 70 people still listed as missing.

Dozens still missing as floodwaters peak in Brisbane

“We still have a number of families who don’t know where their children are, who don’t know where their loved ones are,” said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

 


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