Man dies after electrocuted in floodwaters trying to save his horse

A young man has died after trying to save his horse from floodwaters during a hurricane.

Hunter Morrison was electrocuted while trying to save his horse on Thursday, as Hurricane Imelda tore through Texas.

His death was confirmed by his brother Caleb Morrison on Facebook.

Mr Morrison said he and his family are going though “one of the most horrific times in our lives”, and thanked those who had reached out to the family.

Mr Morrison also wanted to clarify the details of his brothers death, to avoid the media reporting misinformation.

Pictures of Hunter Morrison, the young man who died trying to save his horse, from his Facebook
Hunter Morrison died trying to save his horse from flood waters on Thursday. Source: Facebook.

“He wasn’t ‘saving’ people. He was trying to move his horse, got electrocuted, and drowned,” Mr Morrison wrote of his brother on Facebook.

“I wanted to make that known because I have had news people call me and want the story.

“I am not upset by any means, but I just want the facts to be straight and not give him a sense of false heroism.”

The statement was posted to Mr Morrison’s personal Facebook and was also shared on the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office have reportedly received calls from all across America regarding Hunter’s death.

“We will let his family’s statement stand,” the police added to the family’s statement.

“His family asks for privacy while they grieve.”

“He was rescuing a defenceless animal that would surely die in the floodwaters,” one person commented on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

Picture of Hunter Morrison on a quad bike
People have praised Hunter, who tried to save his 'defenceless' horse. Source: Facebook/

“To me and millions of animal loving people Hunter died a hero in every sense of the word.”

“Very sorry for your loss. He sure sounds like a hero to me. God bless him for his love and dedication,” another person said.

“We have tragically lost a young man in our community, Hunter Morrison,” one person said in their own Facebook statement.

“I am happy that so many people have prayed for his family and friends.”

According to AP News, Imelda formed on Tuesday. The National Hurricane Centre declared Imelda has downgraded to a tropical depression about 105 kilometres north of Houston, Texas.

Imelda is the first named storm to hit the Houston area since Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey dumped nearly 130 centimetres of rain on parts of the flood-prone city in August 2017, flooding more than 150,000 homes in the Houston area and causing an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.

With AP.

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