Mississippi teen saves three police officers from drowning

A teenager is celebrated for his bravery after risking his life to save four people from drowning in Mississippi’s Pascagoula River. One of the victims said the boy saved her life just before she drew her “last breath”.

Chief Brandon Ashley of the Moss Point Police Department paid tribute to Corion Evans, a 16-year-old black boy who jumped into a river to save the lives of strangers on Sunday, July 3. The Pascagoula High student witnessed a vehicle carrying Three teenage girls drive off an I-10 boat ramp into the water around 2:30 a.m

According to an MPPD report, “The driver of this vehicle said she was following her GPS and didn’t realize she was going into the water.”

The craft drifted about 20 feet from the river bank and began to sink — triggering Evans’ feelings of alarm.

In an interview with WLOX he said: “They drove right under the water. Only a small part of the car was still above the water.”

Seeing that people were in crisis, he took off his shoes and shirt, put down his phone, and dove into what some scientists believe is “the last major river system in the lower 48 states.” and Southern Canada that has remained unchanged is dams, canalization, levees, or similar human influences.”

Evans, who says he’s been swimming since he was three, said: “I just thought, ‘I can’t let none of these people die. You have to get out of the water’. So I just started getting them. I didn’t think of anything else.”

“I was behind them trying to keep them afloat and swim with them at the same time,” the boy noted.

Karon “KJ” Bradley, a friend of Evans’s who was with him, also helped rescue the three teenage girls who could have drowned in the water by jumping behind Evans and helping the girls onto the roof of the vehicle bring to.

After the two teenagers helped the girls, Moss Point Police Officer Gary Mercer, who answered a call for help, swam out to help the two heroes. But according to Evans, he was overwhelmed by the water.

When Officer Mercer tried to bring a girl ashore, she “panicked and sank him, swallowing some water,” according to a police report.

“I turned around. I see the cop,” Evans recalls. “He’s drowning. He goes under the water, drowns and says, ‘Help!’ So I went there. I went and grabbed the cop and I swim him like to go back until I feel I can go.

Chief Ashley said in a statement: “The Police Department and I commend Mr Evans for the bravery and selflessness he has shown in putting his own safety on the line to help those in danger. If Mr. Evans had not helped, tragedy might have ended instead of all inmates being safely rescued.”

In a second interview, Ashley said, “I think if he hadn’t decided to risk his own safety, it might have turned into[an]… unimaginable tragedy.” “But we’re all grateful for the selflessness and courage of.” Mr Evans who he showed by helping to save the people stranded in the river.”

Once safely ashore, the three girls and the police officer were taken to hospital and are now recovering from the near-fatal accident.

The young swimmer said once they got to shore, the teenagers “threw up because there was a lot of water getting into them all”.

Evans said: “Twenty-five meters away so it was a lot of swimming. My legs were so tired afterwards. Anything could have been in that water, though. But I didn’t think of it.”

Cora Watson, one of the three girls, took to social media to celebrate Evans, writing that he “saved my life just before my last breath”.

On Tuesday, July 5, the City Mayor, Billy Knight, and the Board of Aldermen presented Evans with a Certificate of Appreciation for his good deeds.

The boy’s mother, Marquita Evans, also hailed him for his good works. “I was really proud of Corion because he wasn’t just thinking about himself,” she said. “He was really trying to get all these people out of the water. I’m glad nothing happened to him trying to save other people’s lives.”

A GoFundMe campaign was started by Ashley DeFlanders, a person inspired by the story, to help Evans go to college.

“His exploits saved four lives over the weekend of July 4th,” the campaign reads. “Let’s reward this high school senior’s bravery and selflessness by helping him get into college in August 2023!”

After saving the lives of others, support pours in to help the Good Samaritan change his life.

In one day, the campaign raised $7,570 of the $25,000 goal.

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Dustin Huang

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