A brave mother, who died saving her three-year-old daughter from drowning in freezing floodwater, has been identified.
Collette Sulcer, 41, from Beaumont, Texas, was swept away by the currents as she tried to carry her little girl, Jordyn, to safety. Hurricane Harvey rescuers found the little girl shivering and clinging to her mother’s lifeless body in a canal.
Sulcer was driving at about 3.30pm when she became overwhelmed by the flooding roadway. She had pulled into a parking lot along Interstate 10 when her car got stuck, reports the Washington Post.
Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the Beaumont Police Department, said the mother was found by rescuers floating in the canal with her daughter still clinging to her.
She said Sulcer, who was a Surgical Technologist at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, ‘absolutely saved the child’s life’.
They were in the water for quite some time. The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water. The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back and she was holding on to her mom.
The child was suffering from hypothermia when she was found, moments before it was too late. She is in stable condition and will be released into the care of family members.
Meanwhile, the rescue operations continue as an estimated 51 inches of rainwater floods Houston, Texas.
Scenes of heroism like this one are keeping hope alive, at this desperate time:
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It is believed 31 people have lost their lives, with another eight deaths currently being investigated in connection with the storm.
Our thoughts are with those affected.