New York Teen Jalan Alston Dies after Rescuing 2 Friends Who Had Trouble Swimming in the Ocean

Kareena Koirala
Jul 16, 2020
03:00 A.M.
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New York teen Jalan Alston went missing on Friday after he rushed to save his two friends who were struggling in rocky ocean waters in New Jersey.


When Jalan Alston saw that two of his friends were having trouble swimming in the rocky waters of Ventnor Beach in New Jersey, he did not waste any time to help them. 

The New York teen went into the water to rescue them and he successfully did so. But unfortunately, he could not pull himself out of the waters. 

A drowning person. | Source: Pexels/ArunKr



One of the friends who Alston rescued called 911 to report that Alston had gone missing after she and her friend made it to the shore after he assisted them by swimming and pushing them. 

At approximately 7 pm, the watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were commanded to conduct a search for the 18-year-old.


After over 12 hours of searching the vicinity of Ventnor Beach, the search was suspended. Alston was nowhere to be found even though the Coast Guard personnel looked over 58 square-miles over air, sea, and land.

Alston's body was eventually recovered on Saturday after hours and hours of searching.


Captain Jonathan Theel, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay shared that the case weighs heavily on their hearts and it was difficult to suspend the case because Alston was helping others. 

Alston's body was eventually recovered on Saturday after hours and hours of searching. The Coast Guard confirmed that the teen's body was found at approximately 10 pm.



In an interview with "USA TODAY," Alston's brother Mark shared how his brother was a deeply caring person and was always there for others, saying:

"He would do things for you, so it's not far out there that he did this. He's not here because he wanted to save people."

In an Instagram post, one of Alston's friends he rescued wrote a lengthy post to thank him for saving hers and her friend's lives. According to her, he showed nothing but love and care for everyone around him. 

"You’ve touched everyone personally, and continue to do so. Keep leaving those rainbows," the caption read. May the brave teen rest in peace.