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Man who lost 6 relatives to Harvey tells police, 'I'm just so glad you saved my brother'

Ric Saldivar, who lost six family members to Hurricane Harvey, speaks to CNN in an interview that aired Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (CNN Newsource)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - A man who lost six family members to Hurricane Harvey is grateful his brother was spared from the monster storm that has killed at least 31 people in the last week.

In an interview that aired Thursday morning on CNN's "New Day," Ric Saldivar told anchor Alisyn Camerota how his relatives were swept away in a van caught in floodwaters:

His brother Samuel was the only one who managed to escape. Ric said Samuel tried to navigate through the water at their father's insistence.

"I finally got a hold of Sammy. He said that ... they came up to a bridge ... the bridge was overflowed but Dad said, you know, 'Go! You can make it, I can see the guardrail, go!'" Ric said. "We were taught, I mean, you listen to your dad, you know. I mean, Dad was real demanding, even at 84 years old. And so, he went."

Ric said he would've done the same thing.

"Like I told Sammy, I said, 'I can't see myself doing anything different ... Dad told me to go, I woulda tried to make it.'"

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday afternoon it had recovered six bodies from the van, which had been submerged in Greens Bayou.

The Associated Press reports the victims included two adults and four children ages 6 to 16.

"Like I told them sheriffs, I said, 'I'm just so glad you saved my brother,'" Ric said, breaking down in tears and covering his face with a hand. "I just ... I didn't want to lose (unintelligible) brother."

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