THE girlfriend of an ex-basketball star has revealed the tragic details about his final moments after a heartbreaking video from their tubing trip emerges.
Everette Jackson, 21, fell from his tube while on the Payette River near Boise after missing his exit and attempted to grab his girlfriend’s hand before being sucked away by rushing water, his girlfriend said.
The body of the former college basketball player foi encontrado in Idaho on Sunday, nearly a week after he fell into the river on June 11, funcionários disseram.
The LSUE athlete’s body was found tangled in debris nearly two miles from where he was last seen, Gem County first responders told WLBT.
A Snapchat video captures Jackson’s heart-wrenching final moments with his girlfriend as they float down the river together.
Jackson’s family traveled to Idaho all the way from Lousiana after learning of his disappearance.
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“When it’s your family member, no one is going to look for him like you would look for him,” said Jackson’s niece Breon Lyons.
Lyons tweetou a plea for help while he was missing saying, “Ele & his gf missed their exist & paddled to the dock but the water was too strong.
“She grabbed a branch & tried to reach for him but he was knocked by the current.”
Jackson’s family spent days looking for the lost man by walking up and down the riverbanks in Emmett, WLBT said.
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Todd Terrell with the United Cajun Navy said Jackson’s recovery brought some much-needed closure to the family that searched tirelessly for nearly a week.
“For us to come together across the country and bring closure to this family, the state of Louisiana needed this,” Terrell told WLBT.
“On Father’s Day of all days.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” said Gem County Sheriff Donne Wunder.
“We are grateful to all of the emergency responders and volunteers who made this recovery possible.”
LSU Eunice tweeted: “It is with great sadness that we have learned that the body of Everette Jackson has been found.
“We will share funeral arrangements after he returns home and they are made available.”
Jackson played on the LSU-Eunice basketball team for the 2020-21 season as a freshman.
He was a student at the school for the spring 2022 semestre.
Funeral arrangements are being made for the deceased athlete.
The family started a GoFundMe to assist with travel and funeral costs.