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Louisiana teen pulled by rip current dies on vacation in Florida

4 years 10 months 5 days ago Monday, July 22 2019 Jul 22, 2019 July 22, 2019 8:00 PM July 22, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - A 19-year-old Louisiana native tragically died Monday while vacationing with her family in Florida.

Officials say Jayla Tassin, of Reserve, Louisiana, was in Daytona Beach with her family when she was swept away by a wave. Family and friends say Tassin was a great swimmer, but a rip current pulled her into deeper waters. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died.

"Despite a valiant effort to save her, Jayla never recovered," parish officials said in a press release.

Tassin had recently graduated from East St. John High School in May, and had been accepted to begin classes at ULL in the fall.

"She has left her mark on our community and St. John the Baptist Parish will always be Jayla’s home. She will never be forgotten."

A GoFundMe has been set up for Tassin's family to help with expenses. If you'd like to donate, click here.

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