BUSH, La. (WGNO) – A Bogalusa teen received a national award for helping to save two kids from drowning in the Bogue Chitto River.
The Carnegie Hero Fund is recognizing Leyton Page, who was 16 in March of last year when he saved the two children, for outstanding heroism.
According to the Carnegie Hero Fund website, 8-year-old Jacob Morris and his 6-year-old brother John Morgan were thrown into the river after the float-bottomed boat they were in drifted over a low-head dam and overturned.
The boys were wearing life jackets, but they got trapped in the boil of water at the base of the dam.
Page was downstream when he saw the accident. He took his flat-bottomed boat to the scene and went into the boil of the dam. He tried to lift one of the boys into his boat, but he lost his grip as the backwash pulled the boat to the dam. Page’s boat also capsized.
When he got back to the surface, Page used his boat as a buoy and was able to get to Jacob and John. They grabbed onto Page, and Page held them there until other people at the scene of the accident pulled all three of them from the water.
The two children were treated for hypothermia.