A 13-Year-Old Sacrifices Life to Save His Brother in Australian Flood

Jordan Rice, a 13-year-old Australian boy, sacrificed his own life to save his younger brother from the raging floods in Australia. Rice told a truck driver to take his brother minutes before he and his mother were swept to their deaths in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Tyson told the paper his longtime partner, Donna Rice, was driving with two of her young sons in tire-level water when her engine stopped. She called for help and the three of them got on the roof of the car as the floodwaters rose quickly. Bystanders were not offering help until McErlean tied a rope around himself and went after them.

A wave of water was coming fast when McErlean reached them with the rope. “Save my brother first,” Jordan said. Jordan and his mother were swept away, and only 10-year-old Blake survived. At least 19 people have died in the Queensland floods, according to Reuters.