Lone Survivor: Drowning Victims Died 'Trying to Save Me'

Victims went under, one by one
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 6:27 PM CDT
Family members react as Shreveport Fire Department and Caddo Sheriff's deputies scour the beach.   (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Douglas Collier)
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(Newser) – The lone survivor of Monday's horrific multiple drowning in Shreveport, Louisiana, says the seven teenage victims were trying to save him. "It felt like the ground fell and the water was pulling me under," 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner tells the Shreveport Times. "I started yelling for help, and every time my foot touched the ground I'd fall again. The bottom of the river was falling."

The six victims, ages 13 to 18, tried to help in vain. "They were trying to save me and went under," DeKendrix tells the newspaper. A bystander eventually rescued him, but the rest were found near each other at the bottom of a 25-foot hole, a swift dropoff from the relatively shallow area near the shore of the Red River. The sandbar isn't a designated swimming zone, and officials say they will beef up restrictions.

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