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Deadly Double Dare: Two teens die after classmates challenge them to jump off South Carolina bridge

The second boy jumped to try to save his friend, before also being swept downstream by a strong current

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May 21, 2024 6:48pm

Updated: May 22, 2024 9:24am

Two high school students drowned last Saturday after jumping off a South Carolina bridge over a challenge from friends in a group chat, according to a report published by The New York Post.

The bodies of Rayan Alnasser, 16, and Zakaria Chaar, 15, both students at DW Daniel High School, were recovered from Lake Hartwell on Monday after attempting the deadly challenge.

Prompted by chat friends, one of the teens jumped from the Twelve Mile River Bridge and “immediately went into distress,” Pickens County Sheriff's Office deputies told Fox Carolina.

“The reports from an individual who was on shore sounded like the way he landed was awkward, which might have caused him to go into distress,”said Deputy Chief Chuck James, who added that the second boy   jumped to try to save his friend, before also being swept downstream by the strong force. current.

A third teen called 911 at 10:28 p.m. to report that they could not find Alnasser and Chaar in the water.

Rescuers arrived within minutes and began searching the area using divers, boats and sonar. The search continued until Monday morning, when they managed to find the bodies in an area of ​​the lake about 15 feet deep.

"TikTok trends or habits where people encourage others to jump off bridges or anything like that ... it's inherently unsafe," James said.

Both young men were remembered by their classmates and their teachers. The school district plans to hold a vigil to honor the two students.

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Marielbis Rojas

Marielbis Rojas is a Venezuelan journalist and communications professional with a degree in Social Communication from UCAB. She is a news reporter for ADN America.