HERO TRIED TO SAVE FAMILY – Wednesday November 2 2011

– Missing flood victim James Perry spent his final minutes trying to desperately save his family before floodwaters tore him away from them forever, an inquest has been told.
On the second day at the Coroners’ Court hearing into 25 flood deaths – including three still missing – details emerged of the family’s final moments before the racing identity, together with his nine-year-old son Edwin, were ripped apart from his wife Jennifer Thorncraft.
The 39-year-old father of one made several triple zero calls but was unable to be saved when he was swept away in floodwaters about 19km east of Toowoomba.
Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker said the trio – returning from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba on January 10th – became engulfed in floodwaters.
Footage was shown around the world of the family sitting on top of their car while engulfed in raging water surrounded by snakes. But by the time a rescue crew arrived the family and their vehicle had been swept away.
Detective Senior Sergeant McCusker told the court Mr Perry and his son clung to one side of the car and his wife the other, before Mrs Thorncraft became separated from them in a horrifying turn of events.
Mrs Thorncraft clung to a tree for several hours before she was rescued by emergency services workers.
The inquest also heard another flood victim, 30-year-old Robert Kelly, who died in his car at Dalby’s Myall Creek, may have been drinking the day he died.
An autopsy revealed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.21.
He was found inside the rear cabin of his Toyota Prado and was identified by his fingerprints.
The inquest before Coroner Michael Barnes will hear from Australian Institute for Suicide Research Professor Diego De Leo before it is expected to finish today – Sophie Elsworth

About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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