On Saturday afternoon, the bodies of Jana Payton, 24, and her son Bronson Liggett, 5, were found in a flooded field. They were driving along with a third person when they became stranded in flood waters around 1:30am after midnight. The other lady swam out to try and get help while Jana and her son climbed on the roof of the car to escape from the gushing waters. However, when the emergency workers finally arrived at the scene, the pair had already disappeared.
Eventually, search crews recovered their bodies in a flooded field along the White River in Owen County. The duo were swept away after their vehicle became submerged in the flood waters. According to Angela Goldman, the Conservation Officer, the Paragon residents disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning after a friend who had been the one driving the car left the pair, who could not swim, on the flooded car’s rooftop and swam away to seek assistance. Angela added that the lady called 911 from a nearby home. However, when she got back to the scene about fifteen minutes later at 1:45am, the pair were no longer to be found with the car.
Their bodies were found somewhere near the town of Gosport, which is about 40 miles southwest of Indianapolis, only after 4pm on Saturday. The victims’ family believe that they became lost on the dark, flooded road. “I think they just had minutes to decide what to do, and it wasn’t the right decision,” stated Mary Finney, Jana’s cousin. Jana was a single mother of two children who took up two jobs, at a pizza parlor and a grocery store, in order to support her family.
Upon hearing what had happened to Jana and her son, the tiny town of Paragon consisting of just 659 residents was shaken by the deaths. “It will be a huge thing here. Everybody knew her. And everybody loved her,” added Mary. She also went on to describe her cousin as affectionate, hardworking, positive and dedicated to her two sons. “They were inseparable. I don’t think that either one of them could have survived without the other,” she mentioned. For the full story, you can check it out over here.
Such unpredictable tragedy can happen in a blink of an eye, especially when flash floods are involved. Happy Fish Swim School would strongly recommend all individuals to arm themselves with swim skills. With such skills, one would be more confident in the water and it could make a significant difference in life or death. If you are looking for swimming lessons in Singapore, do take a look at what we have to offer.