Moss Point officials honored Corion Evans, a 16-year-old Tuesday who rescued four people after a vehicle drove off the Interstate 10 boat launch.
The incident happened early Sunday.
Corion Evans: How a Mississippi boy,16, rescued three girls and police officer after car plunges into river
Corion Evans, 16, told local TV station WLOX that he saw the car with three teenage girls inside enter the river after it accidentally drove off the end of a boat launch.
“They drove straight under the water. Like, only a little bit of the car was still above the water,” he told the station.
Evans and a friend then jumped into the river themselves and helped the girls out of the sunken car and on to its roof. “I was just like, ‘I can’t let none of these folks die. They need to get out the water,’” he said.
A local police officer, Gary Mercer, also swam out to help the stricken girls but then got in trouble himself. So Evans saved him, too. “I see the police officer. He’s drowning. He’s going underwater, drowning, saying, ‘Help!” So, I went over there. I went and I grabbed the police officer and I’m like swimming him back until I feel myself I can walk,” Evans said.
The local police chief, Brandon Ashley, released a statement. “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,” he said.
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The story has gone viral, with news outlets all over the country lauding Evans for his quick actions to save the girls and Officer Gary Mercer.
There also has been a Go Fund Me account started for Evans to help him pay for college.
As of this morning, more than $6,000 had been raised in the account started by Ashley DeFlanders.
“After reading Corion’s story and speaking with his mom, I’ve set up this GoFundMe to help Corion go to college,” DeFlanders wrote. “His heroic actions saved four lives during the 4th of July weekend. Let’s reward this high school senior’s bravery and selflessness by helping him get to college in August 2023!”