Three bodies have been recovered from a swollen river in NSW a day after a mother and her two children were lost to the waters in a car accident.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the car was found at 3.25pm on Monday, but would not confirm if anyone was inside.

A little girl swam from the car to safety after it entered Tweed River at Tumbulgum about 1.40pm Monday, but her mother, brother and sister could not escape.

Chloe Kabealo is now recovering with relatives.

Emergency services recovered the bodies from the river at about midday on Tuesday after finding the submerged vehicle on Monday afternoon.

The victims have been identified as 43 year old, Stephanie King, from Bilambil, her son Jacob Kabealo, 7, and her daughter Ella-Jane Kabealo, 11.

Police ambulance and fire crews searched the area on Monday and Tuesday with divers called up from Sydney to assist.

Our deepest condolences to the family and all involved.

Image via 7 news

  • so sad because she was only trying to help out her local community


  • This is so tragic. Our deepest condolences to the family. Locally, we had 3 cars caught in flood waters during the last cyclone event. Many thanks to the rescue crews for saving these victims, and our thoughts for you during tragic events such as this, when the outcome is so grim.


  • Such a tragedy – the poor surviving child and her dad might never get over this.


  • I saw this on the news. How devastated were those who tried to save them and couldn’t


  • So, so sad for this family and the community.


  • A really sad and bad traumatic experience
    God bless him


  • Terrible !! What a traumatic experience to the one surviving girl !
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


  • Flood tragedies happen too often. 3 beautiful lives lost and a little girl has lost her Mum and siblings


  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family,so very sad to hear of the loss of three lives.


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