16-year-old Corion Evans from Mississippi witnessed a car with three young girls driving off the road into the river. The girls were still trapped in the car, slightly above the water. “They drove straight under the water,” Corion said. “Like, only a little bit of the car was still above the water.”
God placed Evans at the right place right time and with the skill set he had, he was the perfect candidate to help rescue them.
Evans and a friend jumped into the river and were able to get near the girls and rescue them. “I was just like, ‘I can’t let none of these folks die. They need to get out the water’. So, I just started getting them,” he said. “I wasn’t even thinking about anything else.”
A police officer then came to the scene and started swimming to help the girls, but he also started drowning in the water, so Corion rescued him. “I turned around. I see the police officer,” Corion shared. “He’s drowning. He’s going underwater, drowning, saying, ‘Help!” So, I went over there. I grabbed the police officer, and I’m like swimming him back until I feel I can walk.”
“It was a lot of swimming. My legs were so tired.” Evans said.
The young boy was thanked by the local police department for his courageous actions. “The police department and I commend Mr. Evans’s bravery and selflessness he displayed by risking his own safety to help people in danger. If Mr. Evans had not assisted, it could have possibly turned out tragically instead of all occupants rescued safely,” Chief Brandon Ashley said in a statement.