Louisiana Teen Dies After Near-Drowning in Florida
A teenager from St. John the Baptist Parish has died following a near-drowning while on vacation in Orlando.
19-year-old Jayla Tassin passed away on Monday. Tassin was pulled under by a rip current while on a trip to Daytona Beach.
St. John The Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom posted the following on Facebook: "A large wave swept her out and under deeper water. Despite a valiant effort to save her, Jayla never recovered."
Tassin was a 2019 graduate of East St. John High School and was set to leave in August for college at the University of Louisiana.
"'Loving, beautiful, kind, warm-spirited' are just some of the adjectives used to describe Jayla. 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," Robottom said in a statement.
Such a tragedy. Our prayers are with Jayla's family and friends during this difficult time.