A teenage girl drowns in a lake after saving several children from the water.
Raina Lynn Neeland of Minnesota, 18, drowned in a lake after saving several children from the water.
As Fox 13 reports, witnesses saw a group of children swimming near a dam. Due to the heavy rains, the water level was considerably higher. A number of children were caught after swirling water passed the dam.
Raina's family recounted how three of her siblings and five of her cousins were among the bathers. Three young cousins, aged 10, 8 and 6, found themselves trapped.
Raina's aunt Victoria Wind said: “As far as we know, the current was very strong when they entered the water, but everything seemed calm from above.”
"The water level was higher than before and the children jumped in, thinking nothing had changed… the children were in the water, they were sucked into the water."
Raina's grandmother Lenny Neeland said Raina immediately took action to help the children. She caught up with the children and took them to her brother, who helped them get back to dry land. Her brother also took Raina out of the water, not breathing.
One of the rescued children was also not breathing. People gave him cardiac massage on the spot and he regained consciousness fortunately.
But unfortunately it was too late for Raina. Despite all the efforts of passers-by and paramedics arriving on the scene, they were unable to resuscitate her. "She always wanted to help and protect people, and that's exactly what she did", his grandmother said.
The children Raina saved were able to leave the hospital last week and are recovering well. Her family has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with the cost of her funeral.
Raina was incredibly brave. She sacrificed her own life to save the lives of three children. We wish his loved ones much strength at this heartbreaking time.
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