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Mother who drowned in Harvey floodwaters and the daughter, 3, who desperately clung to her body in the freezing water until rescuers arrived

Texas mother drowned with daughter clinging to her

  • The brave mother who saved her three-year-old daughter from drowning in the Texas floods has been identified as 41-year-old Collette Sulcer
  • She was found floating in floodwaters Tuesday with the girl clinging to her body
  • The tragedy happened when Sulcer got stuck driving in Beaumont
  • She pulled into a parking lot along Interstate 10 around 3.30pm on Tuesday
  • Sulcer and her daughter were swept into a canal half a mile from their car
  • She fought desperately to keep her child's head out of the water to save her
  • Rescuers found mother unresponsive, while the girl suffered from hypothermia

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

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'.

Rescuers found the little girl shivering and clinging to her mother's lifeless body in a canal

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

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

The little girl was found by rescuers suffering from hypothermia. Her mother was already dead when they were found

'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.

A brave woman saved her three-year-old daughter's life after being overwhelmbed by flood waters on Interstate 10, which is closed due to floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey

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 (pictured above) when her car got stuck 

A 64-year-old man was found dead and buried under a foot of debris in a Houston clock repair shop on Tuesday. A family of six were found dead in their van on Wednesday after their vehicle was swept away on Sunday.  

The storm that first came ashore on Friday has forced tens of thousands of people to flee deluged homes and caused damage estimated at tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the costliest US natural disasters.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said a record 51.88 inches (131.78 cm) of rain has fallen in Texas due to Harvey, a record for any storm in the continental United States.

Neighboring Louisiana is set to bear the brunt of the tropical storm's massive downpours on Wednesday, with flash flood warnings in place across the entire state.

Harvey has drawn comparisons with Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans 12 years ago, killing 1,800 people and causing an estimated $108 billion in damage. 

The storm that first came ashore on Friday has forced tens of thousands of people to flee deluged homes and caused damage estimated at tens of billions of dollars 

The storm that first came ashore on Friday has forced tens of thousands of people to flee deluged homes and caused damage estimated at tens of billions of dollars 

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Comment by mr1stroke on September 7, 2017 at 7:57pm

so sad and devastated, for those who are reading take care of your health, being unhealthy and out of shape will be an inconvenience in time of survival

Comment by Jovis Charles on September 5, 2017 at 5:52am
What a brace little girl. Just like her mother. May she Rest in Peace. Amen.
Comment by Sugaa on September 2, 2017 at 11:48pm
So sad. The state should've issued an evacuation. This mom is a hero. Bless her baby girl.
Comment by caribmama on September 2, 2017 at 9:42pm

God Bless her. May she rest in peace.

Comment by elinor goddard on September 1, 2017 at 10:35pm
So sad!!! Praying for everyone. We just don't know why theses things happen. That was God who saved this babygirl. . Her mom will always be watching over her along with her guardian angel!!!
Comment by Clifton Clarke on September 1, 2017 at 1:14am
A great mother.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on August 31, 2017 at 10:37pm

damn, this s*** is so sad.

Comment by crystal young on August 31, 2017 at 12:48pm
Prying for everyone in texas
Comment by MsSapphire9800 on August 31, 2017 at 11:32am

Prayers for family...God saved that pretty little girl..and I hope her mother will always watch over her.

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