Van With 6 Drowned Family Members Found in Houston

Van With 6 Drowned Family Members Found in Houston

Van With 6 Drowned Family Members Found in Houston

Friends of the family have been posting their condolences to social media, although officials have yet to recover any bodies the Harris County Sheriff's office told MyStatesman.

"Pasadena ISD's heart is heavy as we have learned that four Pasadena ISD students and two of their great-grand parents were swept away by the floodwaters of Greens Bayou while trying to escape the floodwaters of Harvey", wrote Pasadena Independent School District on its Facebook page.

Gonzalez said the two older adults were found in the front seat of the van and when they fished the vehicle from the water they discovered the children inside the back of the van. Relatives told NBC News the driver had just crossed a bridge over a swollen bayou. He described a lucky break for his brother Sammy, who was able to pull himself out of a van he was driving as it was caught up in risky floodwaters in Houston.

Although the driver - the children's great-uncle - was able to escape the vehicle before it went under water, the rest of the family was unable to make it out, KHOU 11 reported. "He was doing a real good job", Ric Saldivar said. While the deputies were able to save the father, Gonzalez said the van was dangerously out of reach in the swift floodwater and rescue efforts could not be initiated. Virginia Saldivar said her brother-in-law could only watch as the van disappeared underwater.

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On Wednesday, as waters receded, sheriff's deputies were able to get closer to the van.

"We've just been trying to be hopeful that somehow they got out but [there's] been no sign of them so we're just trying to find them dead or alive", said Parades. Also in the van were the great-grandchildren of his parents: Daisy Saldivar, 6, Xavier Saldivar, 8, Dominic Saldivar, 14, and Devy Saldivar, 16.

For several years, Ric Saldivar said, his parents had been losing their memories to dementia. "And the longer I don't see them, the longer it's not true". "A big goof" and a delight to all who saw her, Catherine said. "He loved his family and he would defend them against anything".

"I talked to the Sheriff's Department since then and they told me that he was hanging on to the branch for like 45 minutes screaming for help". "I just keep thinking no matter how bad I feel, I know my brother Sammy is that much worse because he was right there and couldn't do nothing about it".

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