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17-Year-Old Dies Trying To Save His Drowning Parents

April 02, 2018

Chris and Carrie Lemke from Wisconsin were vacationing with their family in Alabama when tragedy struck. The family was enjoying a relaxing day on March 25, at Fort Morgan Beach when Chris and Carrie got swept up in a strong riptide. Several people rushed out to save the couple as they struggled to stay afloat, including their son Jevon.


With the help of other bystanders, Chris and Carrie were able to make it back to shore safely. Unfortunately, Jevon was swept up by the rip tide once his parents were free. They fought to get him back, but they were unable to save his life before he drowned. Less than 24 hours later, the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for Jevon or his body.


The family stayed in Alabama an extra week, hoping to recover Jevon’s body to give him a proper burial. His body was never recovered. According to a interview with PEOPLE, Lemke says, “Now, I want to give Jevon his proper burial, even though we don’t have a body to bury. I want to make sure he’s at peace. We’re never gonna move on from Jevon, there’s no way. But we have to trust that the Lord’s gonna take care of it.”


This is a horrible story, and we know that sometimes we need a reminder of the good in the world at a time like this, so be sure to check out the video below!