Tragedy at Las Americas Expressway: youth dies trying to rescue teenager, 911 arrived an hour later
A 17-year old boy died yesterday, Wednesday 4 June when trying to rescue a 16-year old girl. Leonary Charly Dominguez, 17, drowned when jumping into the Caribbean Sea at Km. 19 of the Las Americas Expressway to rescue Julia Isabel Alcantara Figuereo, 16. The teenagers were taking photos with the sea as a backdrop when Julia Isabel fell into the water. She was in her junior year in Liceo Pedro Mir in Cancela, Santo Domingo Este, on an outing with her classmates. One friend, Luz Clarita Cardenas, said that she had left the group. Charly Dominguez was at the location to take graduation photos. Since he was the only one in the group who knew how to swim he jumped in to try to save the girl. His heroic attempt was recorded on video. His grandfather told El Dia that the previous day he had spoken proudly about graduating and starting to study engineering at university. Their teachers said they were both excellent students.
The students’ friends called 911, but were not taken seriously. Because 73% of all calls are hoaxes, the 911 agents asked the students whether they were aware of the consequences of making fake calls. The emergency services arrived an hour later to recover the bodies.
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