Family members of a man washed away by flood waters while rescue crews were trying to bring him and a woman to safety told KVUE News Wednesday that his body has been found.
Fred and Kathlyn List live in the neighborhood and were attempting to lead a visitor out of the subdivision Tuesday night when their car was stranded in the rushing waters north of Georgetown, near the Berry Creek Country Club.
A firefighter moved out to pull each of them to safety one at a time, but as they moved toward the end of the car, the force of the water swept them away. Kathlyn List, 78, who was wearing a life jacket given to her just moments earlier, floated down the raging floodwaters and was caught in two ropes rescue workers had thrown across the creek.
Fred List, 80, was not wearing a life jacket and disappeared into the water. Emergency workers spent the night looking for him from both the banks and above with a search helicopter. His body was found about a mile downstream.
Georgetown Spokesperson Keith Hutchinson said Fred List was not wearing a life jacket because rescue crews were trying to save the couple one at a time. They had planned to take his wife to safety first.
"It's certainly a tragedy," Hutchinson said.
Officials said a sensor was not working at the low-water crossing that automatically turns on flashing lights that warns drivers not to cross the creek. A city employee was in the process of manually turning on the lights and putting up barricades when the List's car drove over the bridge.
Neighbors wondered if more could have been done to save them.
"I'm not a rescue worker; I just think that something should have been done. Helicopters should have been brought in. sent down a rescue seat, a cable.... In the time that elapsed, I would have thought they could have had someone here," said Greg Witte, neighbor.
"It's always tough. Their job is to protect life and safety and are trained to handle this kind of event," Hutchinson said. "It's just... it's a hard thing for the family and a hard thing for the firefighters involved, but it's something everyone's trying to deal with this morning.
Kathlyn List was hospitalized, but she has since been released from the hospital.
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