Brave survivor of Tweed River family drowning speaks out

The incredibly brave girl who escaped from her family’s sinking car after it plunged into the Tweed River, has spoken publically about what happened for the first time.

“We’ve been having heaps of people saying we’re there for you” Chloe-May told Nine News.

Three weeks ago the family van skidded off the road at Tumbulgum and landed in the Tweed River.  She lost her mum Stephanie King, sister Ella-Jane and brother Jacob were killed.


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Of the accident, Chloe-May said “I unbuckled my seatbelt and I tried to go up for air and I just kept floating up out of something and then I got out”.

The eight year old ran to a nearby farmhouse to raise the alarm, she said “they just took me in and let me get into clean clothes and cleaned up all my cuts on my feet”.

Dad Matt Kabealo said about losing his precious family, “I’m shattered by it, I’m not holding up”.

He said I’m just “being strong for my daughter, we’re just going to get through it best we can”.

On Sunday the Tweed and Byron Bay Police Command put on an epic fundraiser.

Tweed City hosted the movie event, showing Boss Baby in two cinemas.

There was also an auction with NRL and AFL footy memorabilia sold.  There was also a surfboard signed by Jack Freestone.