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Handcuffed Suspect Jumps in Bay, Drowns

Cops say he bolted from custody

(Newser) - A handcuffed Florida man died after bolting from police custody and jumping into Boca Ciega Bay, where he drowned, authorities said. Treasure Island police arrested Donnie Brownlow Jr., 33, after responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday evening around 7:40pm, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He was in custody on... More »

Heroic Teenager Dies After Saving Her Family

Raina Lynn Neeland was only 18

(Newser) - A heroic Minnesota teenager is dead after saving her relatives from perilous river waters, the Star-Tribune reports. Raina Lynn Neeland, 18, pulled out the youngsters—including one who was only 6—from Clearwater Lake before losing her life. "Raina jumped in without hesitation and pulled three little ones out... More »

Rivera May Have Saved Her Son With Last Breath

4-year-old said mom pushed him onto boat, then disappeared

(Newser) - Naya Rivera's last act was to save her son, according to police. Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub described the Glee actress' final moments, as recounted by her 4-year-old son, at a press conference Monday afternoon, shortly after a body believed to be Rivera's was found at California's... More »

This Is the Last Known Footage of Naya Rivera

Video shows actress, son heading out on Lake Piru hours before she was reported missing

(Newser) - Authorities have released footage of what are thought to be some of Naya Rivera's final moments. A security video shared Thursday shows two people—presumed to be the 33-year-old actress and her 4-year-old son—exiting a vehicle at Lake Piru in California's Los Padres National Forest around 1pm... More »

World Champion Snowboarder Drowns

Alex Pullin had been spearfishing off Gold Coast

(Newser) - Australia is mourning one of its greatest-ever winter athletes. Alex "Chumpy" Pullin drowned Wednesday while spearfishing on an artificial reef off Queensland's Gold Coast, the BBC reports. The 32-year-old, a two-time world snowboarding champion, was Australia's flag-bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He was spotted unconscious... More »

Teen Rescues Younger Friend, but Loses His Own Life

Boy, 17, jumped in water to save 12-year-old

(Newser) - The unimaginable occurred Sunday at a Northern California lake when, as a sheriff's sergeant puts it, a 17-year-old boy "basically gave his life to save" a 12-year-old friend. The younger boy entered the water at the Lake Camanche reservoir's Eucalyptus Day Use Area, but he didn't... More »

3 Family Members Found Dead in NJ Pool Drowned

They had moved into the home just 20 days prior

(Newser) - Three members of a New Jersey family who were found dead in a backyard pool on Monday afternoon drowned, per the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. A neighbor called 911 after hearing screams, and NJ.com reports Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year old daughter-in-law, Nisha Patel, and her 8-year-old daughter... More »

Police: Mom Drowned Her 'Voiceless' Son in a Canal

Patricia Ripley, 45, has been charged in Florida

(Newser) - A Miami woman faked her son's abduction after trying to drown him twice, with witnesses rescuing the boy from a canal the first time, and the second attempt ending in the boy's death, officials said Saturday. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Patricia Ripley, 45, is facing... More »

Cops: 23 Years Later, Killer Returns for Victim's Daughter

Travis Lewis is dead along with his latest victim, say deputies

(Newser) - It was Sept. 10, 1996, when a man entered a home on Arkansas' Horseshoe Lake, fatally shooting two inhabitants, Sally Snowden McKay and her nephew, Lee Baker. More than 23 years later, deputies say the same man returned to kill again. Travis Lewis, paroled in 2018, killed McKay's daughter,... More »

Fated to a Watery Grave, All They Could Do Was Hug

Car that plunged into sea in Miami might not have been put in 'park'

(Newser) - The bodies of two longtime friends were found embracing in the back seat of a car that sank Tuesday after plunging off a Miami Beach ferryboat in what's being described as a freak accident. Emma Afra, 63, had driven her Mercedes-Benz to the front of the first of four... More »

Susan Smith 'Cries For Her Children Every Christmas'

'People' checks in on the mother who killed her kids

(Newser) - Remember Susan Smith? Back in 1994, she made headlines by letting her two children—Alex, 14 months, and Michael, 3—drown in a car that she let roll into a lake. Now, People has learned a little more about the woman who is serving life without parole at Leath Correctional... More »

3 Family Members Die in Resort Swimming Pool

They were visiting a resort in Spain

(Newser) - Three family members died Tuesday while vacationing at a Spanish holiday resort—all in the same swimming pool, the New York Times reports. The resort, Costa del Sol, says a 9-year-old British girl, her British father, and a 16-year-old American family member were found unresponsive in the pool. Authorities say... More »

4-Year-Old Saves Toddler Sister: 'I Grabbed Her Tummy'

Gray Forrester was in the right place at the right time when 2-year-old Andie fell in the pool

(Newser) - Gray Forrester is just barely school age, but the 5-year-old has already earned the label of hero. WBIR reports that Gray was just 4 during an incident in their Knoxville, Tenn., yard that led to his 2-year-old sister, Andie, almost drowning. Their mom, Laura, said on the day in question... More »

Boy's Death in Grease Trap Came as Mom Turned Her Back

It only took seconds

(Newser) - He'd been out of sight for a second when it happened. As employee Tenitia Cullum grabbed garbage bags from the rear foyer of a Tim Hortons in Rochester, NY, just before 11am on July 15, her 3-year-old son walked over the 2-foot-wide lid of a grease trap outside the... More »

Fatal Underwater Proposal Wasn't Drowning: Sister

Steven Weber's family is questioning the story, says sister Mandy Hoffman

(Newser) - The sister of a Louisiana man who died while proposing to his girlfriend last week isn't convinced he really drowned, the New York Post reports. "This is all we keep talking about," says Mandy Hoffman. "Something other happened besides him running out of breath." Her... More »

Man Proposes Underwater, Never Comes Back Up

Steven Weber was proposing to girlfriend Kenesha Antoine in Tanzania

(Newser) - An American who proposed to his girlfriend underwater never emerged to hear "I do," CNN reports. Steven Weber was on vacation in Tanzania with Kenesha Antoine in a cabin with a submerged bedroom when he apparently made the fatal proposal. "You never emerged from those depths, so... More »

Treasure Hunter's Big Find Near Waterfall: a Man's Last Moments

YouTuber finds GoPro camera of Richard Ragland, who drowned in Tennessee in 2017

(Newser) - A recent find in the waters near a Tennessee waterfall won't bring back Richard Ragland, who drowned there two years ago, but it may answer a few questions and bring his family some closure. YouTuber Rich Aloha, who hunts for treasure as a hobby, tells WSB that he was... More »

Three Vacationers Drown at Beach, Girls Rescued

Americans were vacationing in Turks and Caicos

(Newser) - Three vacationing adults from the Houston area drowned off a beach in Turks and Caicos, while two children with them were rescued. The group, which included members of two families, was caught in a fast-moving tide Monday at Bambarra Beach on the island of Middle Caicos, officials in the British... More »

Female Paddleboarder Drowns in Yoga Class

Lisa Margaritis was only 49

(Newser) - A registered nurse drowned Friday while trying to save another woman in a paddleboard yoga class, CNN reports. Lisa Margaritis, 49, noticed a fellow paddleboarder struggling against the strong Long Island, NY, current and tried helping her, but Margaritis' board got jammed against a bridge piling and she tumbled into... More »

'3 Days of Wedded Bliss Turned Into a Nightmare'

Newlywed Dalton Rae Cottrell, 22, drowns during first ocean swim

(Newser) - Amid a slew of summer-drownings headlines comes a particularly tragic one out of Florida: A newlywed says her husband drowned during what was his first-ever ocean swim. The Florida Times-Union reports 22-year-old Dalton Rae Cottrell of Malcolm, Iowa, was swimming with his wife off Crescent Beach in St. Johns County... More »

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