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LSU Student Layne Gravois, 21, Dies Attempting to Rescue a Boy from a Rip Current In Florida

Afouda Bamidele
Apr 14, 2021
09:30 P.M.
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An LSU student identified as Layne Gravois has been confirmed dead following his attempts to save a little boy who was caught up in the Gulf of Mexico's strong current in Florida. 

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Layne Gravois, a student at Louisiana State University, has been dubbed a hero after putting in tremendous effort to save a little boy who almost drowned in the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. 

Unfortunately, Gravois lost his life as he fought the tides. The youngster, alongside two of his friends, who are students of Nicholls State University, plunged into the water, trying to save the young boy.

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Officers reported that Gravois and his two friends, identified as Jordan Servat and Reed Bordeaux, were taken to the hospital, where he later died. An LSU representative later relayed that Gravois was an electrical engineering student.

Reports said up to seventy people formed a human chain trying to pull the rescue group and the little boy out of the water. Another person present at the beach, identified as Ryan Doberstein, shared that he had jumped in to save the boys.

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Doberstein, a former lifeguard, was at the beach with his family when the unfortunate incident happened. He noted that although the rescuers saved many people, he was sad about those that did not make it.

LSU recorded another sad event when it was reported that a freshman student, Kori Gauthier, went missing.

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A second person who has been confirmed dead at the Miramar Beach mishap is Kim McGrady. The 55-year-old pulled a quick-thinking action by launching into the water.

He could save some people, but by the time he could wade out of the water, his abilities were no match for the strong currents that swept him away from safety. 

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LSU recorded another sad event when it was reported that a freshman student, Kori Gauthier, went missing. Kori was said to have left the school for an appointment.

Officers found her car at the eastbound part of Wilkinson Bridge in Baton Rouge and discovered that a crash occurred. Family members certified that their daughter was missing when she did not make it to her orthodontist appointment.

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According to her parents, a former roommate used a tracking app to figure out Kori’s car’s location. Her dad, Levar Gauthier, made it known that Kori’s phone, wallet and car keys were in the car. 

Since her car was found, efforts have been put into searching for her, and search teams like the United Cajun Navy, local authorities, Baton Rouge Police Department dive team, and volunteers have been busy with the search.

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