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teen's sacrifice to save brother

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  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    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."

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/01/13/flood.teenager/index.html?hpt=C1
  2. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    I read this earlier today. The ultimate sacrifice for his brother. :(
  3. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    That is an amazing little guy. God Bless.

    On a side note its hard to believe in this day and age that there are still parents who dont teach their children how to swim.
  4. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    Just another example of the hero which hides inside all of us, but which only some of us allow to shine when it matters most.

    Rest in peace, Jordan Rice.
  5. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    Sounds like the current was so fast it wouldn't matter if he had been an Olympic swimmer.
  6. bbgun

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    saw that yesterday. heartbreaking.
  7. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    That little man is a bonefied stud.
  8. Teren_Kanan

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    This.

    He is a hero. If the current was too much for a 13 year old to swim it, that sucks. If he wasn't able to swim because he didn't know how.. his parents should feel ashamed of themselves.
  9. CanuckCowboysFan

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    True hero. RIP little guy. :(
  10. CanuckCowboysFan

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    I think the flood was to powerful, regardless of whether he knew to swim or not, like someone said.
  11. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    Come on guys... the article says that the boy and his mother were "swept away" and there was a need for a rescue. If there wasn't a current, surely the rescuers could have got them all.

    Why do we have to try to add insult to injury?
  12. Doomsday101

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    I agree. Knowing how to swim would have given him a bit more of a chance but when dealing with strong currents the odds are very much against you.
  13. Seven

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    Sure is Dooms. However, if you struggle, your gonna fail. Lie on yourback, point your feet forward and toes up. There will be a place where the current resides and you can get out. About the only chance you've got.

    This is coming from a guy who had his waders fill up after a fall in 300cfm waters. 55 degrees to boot. I 'floated' til I got to a wider, more shallow spot and stood up. Scared, freezing and soaking, but alive.
  14. Warick

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    I believe there is/was a video on youtube showing cars being swept away by this flood. I agree with peplaw.

    Doomsday, I do agree with you that everyone should learn to swim (even though it might not have helped in this situation). For years, my mom didn't know how to swim, and was terrified of water because of it. Despite her resistance due to fear of the water, I finally taught her to swim. After that, she couldn't wait to hit the pool.

    RIP for the heroic brother.
  15. Doomsday101

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    I agree. You handle it much like you do a rip tide. The more you fight it the more trouble you get into. Best thing is go with the current and hope you can find some type of floating debris that you can cling to
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