Officers discovered a tragic scene in Beaumont Texas on Tuesday afternoon. A woman was found floating in the canal with her freezing 3-year-old daughter clinging to her body.
The mother was heading south on the 1-10 service road with her 3-year-old daughter when water levels rose drastically. She then pulled into the Plaza 10 parking lot where she abandoned her car after it got stuck in the rising water levels. Eventually the mother and child ended up drifting half a mile away from the car up the canal, where they were discovered by authorities responding to a rescue call in the area.
Beaumont Police Department Spokeswoman, Officer Carol Riley, says the unidentified 41-year-old woman was trying her best to keep her child afloat in the rising water.
“The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back and she was holding on to her mom,”
According to a release, the mother and daughter were discovered just as they were fast approaching a trestle. Had they floated underneath it, it would have made the rescue impossible. When officers pulled the family out of harm’s way they discovered the mother was unresponsive, and the child, hypothermic.
The mother died shortly after they reached the ambulance, but her 3-year-old child is alive and in stable condition.
Officer Carol Riley said “They were in the water for quite some time,” Riley says. “When the baby was found the baby was clinging to her. The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water.”
She added the woman “absolutely saved the child’s life.”
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