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Family talks about man who drowned in Amite while trying to save tuber

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OPELOUSAS - Family members of a man who died trying to rescue another swimmer from the Amite River talked about the legacy the hero leaves behind.

Kenti Thomas drowned in the current on June 13th. Sheriff's deputies said he was trying to swim to a distressed young tuber when Thomas went under and could not fight the current.

Thomas was in Livingston Parish when the drowning happened but was from St. Landry Parish, where his family spoke to Lafayette-area ABC affiliate KATC TV.

"God says that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend; that was Kenti," his aunt, Deborah French, said in an interview. Portions of the interview were played on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Friday.

Family members said Thomas had jumped in to water before, to make a rescue. Another aunt said he was given an award at his work where he saved someone's life after they fell into water.

"That wasn't unusual for him," Sylvia Johnson said.

"Kenti's whole life was dedicated to helping others. We're all Christians, and although he didn't walk around quoting scription, his life was a testimony because he lived to help others," family members said.
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