PICTURED: Mother Who Drowned In Harvey Floodwaters And The Daughter Who Desperately Clung To Her Body In The Freezing Water Until Rescuers Arrived
The brave mother who drowned in ranging floodwaters while her three-year-old daughter desperately clung to her body has been identified.
Collette Sulcer, 41, died on Tuesday after she got swept away by strong currents in Beaumont, Texas while trying to carry her daughter Jordyn to safety.
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.
Collette Sulcer, 41, died on Tuesday after she got swept away by strong currents in Beaumont, Texas while trying to carry her three-year-old daughter Jordyn to safety
The mother got out of the car and was trying to carry her daughter to safety when they were swept away.
They were found floating about half a mile from her car.
Police say the mother fought desperately to keep her child’s head out of the water.
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 ‘absolutely saved the child’s life’.
Police said Sulcer (above in 2015) ‘absolutely saved the child’s life’ after the little girl was found clinging to her mother’s dead body
‘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.’
Police and fire rescue divers in a boat spotted the mother and child floating.
The first responders got to Sulcer and her daughter just before they went under a trestle. Police said water was already up to the trestle and they would not have been able to save the girl if they had floated under it.
They managed to pull Sulcer’s body and the girl, who was suffering from hypothermia, into the boat.
The mother was pronounced dead shortly after they reached an ambulance.
The child is in stable condition and will be released into the care of family members.
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