A teenager has tragically lost her life after saving several children from a treacherous swimming spot in North Carolina.
Her heroic actions cost her her own life…
The dangers of doing so are inevitable.
And even the most experienced swimmers have lost their lives while swimming in open waters… not to mention children!
And tragedy can strike at any moment.
Being in open waters is completely different to being in a swimming pool.
There are many different hazards of children swimming in open water, and one of these is limited visibility.
Water in lakes and ponds can be murky, hiding hazards such as rocks, logs, and uneven surfaces. Limited visibility can also make it difficult to see if a child falls in.
Unlike a pool, open water rarely has depth markings, making it difficult to know if kids are getting into water that is over their heads.
Meaning that families swimming in these kinds of waters should remain in shallow areas and be under constant supervision.
Riptides and strong currents can be deadly.
People continue to swim unassisted in these open waters and a recent tragic event has certainly proven the dangers of strong currents.
However, it didn’t take long for the children to begin struggling thanks to an unexpected spot of turbulent water.
“Some of them were caught up in the turbulent water that was coming over the dam,” Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office explained in a Facebook post.
“The water level at the dam was considerably higher due to the large amount of rain received recently,” they then clarified.
And without thinking, she went into the water to try and retrieve her 10-year-old, 8-year-old, and 6-year-old cousins, according to Kare11.
According to eyewitnesses, she pulled her 3 cousins – one of which was revived to consciousness – to safety until disaster struck.
Deputies from Clearwater County Sheriff’s office, members of the Clearbrook Fire Department, and Bagley Sanford Ambulances arrived at the scene and took over the diligent efforts of bystanders, some of whom had retrieved and were trying to revive the unconscious teenager when she was pulled to shore.
And despite the valiant efforts to revive her, Raina was sadly pronounced as dead shortly afterward.
And Raina has been hailed as a hero.
And she was thinking of nobody but her 3 cousins when she went into the dangerous waters.
And as this social media user pointed out, the world needs more people like her.
And despite the pain they will now be feeling, her cousins will be thankful to Raina for her selfless actions.
“Raina jumped in without hesitation and pulled three little ones out and kind of threw them out to the bank,” her uncle, Jeremy Neeland, told KSTP.
“She’s one of a kind.”
The page reads:
“Raina was loved by her family and friends. Raina loved cooking with her grandma also she loved helping take care of her siblings and cousins. Raina drowned saving her younger cousins. All help will be going to help pay for all costs associated with her funeral and my family with everything. Sorry, I’m not great at talking about being in need but right now as we are all hurting from this loss of one of our young family members.”
And we hope that this will help Raina’s family organize the funeral that the heroic teenager deserves.
Our deepest condolences go out to her family during this awful time.