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Body of the 18-year-old high school student who saved two of his girlfriends from drowning

A New York high school graduate has been hailed as a hero after he tragically died saving two friends who got into trouble swimming off the coast of a New Jersey beach.

18-year-old Jalan Alston went missing on Friday night after entering the water at Ventour Beach to help Jayda Smith and Sierra Williams, who were electrified by the US Coast Guard.

Alston managed to push the two teens to land, but was unable to get it out of the water on its own, the Coast Guard said. A moment later he disappeared under the surface of the swell.

The U.S. Coast Guard called at 7 p.m. and conducted a 12-hour search for the 18-year-old, who covered more than 58 miles.

His body was recovered from Albany Avenue beach 24 hours later on Saturday around 6:20 PM after he was spotted by two swimmers in the area.

“He made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Alston’s brother Mark NJ.com. “He’s really selfless and has always been like that – he’s a type of person who will try to do anything you ask of him and he will always get through.”

18-year-old Jalan Alston went missing on Friday after entering the water at Ventour Beach to help two friends who got into trouble in the water off the Jersey Shore

18-year-old Jalan Alston went missing on Friday after entering the water at Ventour Beach to help two friends who got into trouble in the water off the Jersey Shore

Jayda Smith

Jayda Smith

Sierra Williams

Sierra Williams

Jayda Smith and Sierra Williams were swept in a power surge on Saturday night. They both credited Alston’s heroism for saving their lives

The U.S. Coast Guard has searched for more than 18 miles for the 18-year-old for 12 hours

The U.S. Coast Guard has searched for more than 18 miles for the 18-year-old for 12 hours

The U.S. Coast Guard has searched for more than 18 miles for the 18-year-old for 12 hours

Alston recently graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a star athlete in athletics. He had plans to become an engineer and planned to take the official exam in the fall.

Mark Alston said USA Today his brother and his two friends were all in the water when the harsh conditions caused by the recent Tropical Storm Fay occurred.

The teenager had been close to the beach when the two girls got into trouble and could have run and called for help. But instead, in keeping with his brother’s “selfless” nature, Alston went deeper into the swell to save his friends’ lives, Mark said.

“He’s not here because he wanted to save people,” said the grieving brother. “I will always remember him as my little brother who saved two people.”

A GoFundMe page was created by Jayda Smith to help Alston’s family cover the cost of his funeral.

Smith met Alston last year through online gaming, and Friday was the first day she met him in person.

“Jalan Alston saved both me and Sierra the life from the power surge off the coast of Jersey,” Smith wrote. He selflessly and almost instinctively jumped into the stream behind me, pushed me out and took me to the coast. He then tried to return to the coast with Sierra’s help, but no domination.

Alston recently graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a star athlete in athletics

Alston recently graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a star athlete in athletics

Alston recently graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a star athlete in athletics

His body was eventually recovered at Albany Avenue beach at around 6:20 PM on Saturday after being spotted by two swimmers in the area

His body was eventually recovered at Albany Avenue beach at around 6:20 PM on Saturday after being spotted by two swimmers in the area

His body was eventually recovered at Albany Avenue beach at around 6:20 PM on Saturday after being spotted by two swimmers in the area

Alston recently graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a star athlete in athletics

Alston recently graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a star athlete in athletics

He had plans to become an engineer and planned to take the official exam in the fall.

He had plans to become an engineer and planned to take the official exam in the fall.

Alston recently graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he was a star athlete in athletics. He had plans to become an engineer and planned to take the official exam in the fall.

“He understood what was going on, grabbed her wrist and shook his head, then pushed her to the shore with me, using his last bit of strength. Because of him I am here and I share his story with the world. ‘

Alston’s two friends returned safely to shore. One of them then called 911 and the Coast Guard began an intensive search for Alston that lasted several hours.

The agencies searched 58 square miles by air, sea, and land for about 13 hours before the search was suspended.

His body was restored by Atlantic City Beach Patrol nearly 24 hours later on Saturday.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Jalan’s family and friends,” said Captain Jonathan Theel, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “It is always difficult to suspend a case and it is very heavy on our hearts, knowing that he was helping others.”

Smith said that Jalan had “such a beautiful soul and mind, heart and mind,” noting that because he “would give me a second chance,” she would use it “to make his life, his legacy, unforgettable , from here.’

Smith met Alston last year through online gaming, and Friday was the first day she met him in person

Smith met Alston last year through online gaming, and Friday was the first day she met him in person

Smith met Alston last year through online gaming, and Friday was the first day she met him in person

In her own tribute to Alston, Williams wrote, “Jalan, you were a hero that night. You saved your friends knowing you didn't get out of the water that night. And I have no words to thank you

In her own tribute to Alston, Williams wrote, “Jalan, you were a hero that night. You saved your friends knowing you didn't get out of the water that night. And I have no words to thank you

In her own tribute to Alston, Williams wrote, “Jalan, you were a hero that night. You saved your friends knowing you didn’t get out of the water that night. And I have no words to thank you

In a long post about the ordeal posted to her mother’s Facebook page, Smith revealed that she had revealed to Alston months ago that drowning is her greatest fear.

“He did everything he could to make sure it didn’t happen to me,” she said. “Everyone across the country needs to know who he is and how dangerous these currents are. We didn’t know how bad they were until it was too late. ‘

In her own tribute to Alston, Williams wrote, “Jalan, you were a hero that night. You saved your friends knowing you didn’t get out of the water that night. And I have no words to thank you.

“Your courage and selflessness was incredible. I still can’t wrap my head around the why and the what and the how because I can’t even believe you’re gone [sic]. That I will laugh or your voice will no longer hear. My heart breaks for your parents and family. And for Jayda, whom I know you loved with all your heart. ‘

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