Funeral services set for teen who drowned in NC - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Funeral services set for teen who drowned in NC

Marvin Tesean Scott, Jr. (Source: "Loving Memeries of Tesean Scott" Facebook page) Marvin Tesean Scott, Jr. (Source: "Loving Memeries of Tesean Scott" Facebook page)
Marvin Tesean Scott, Jr. (Source: "Loving Memeries of Tesean Scott" Facebook page) Marvin Tesean Scott, Jr. (Source: "Loving Memeries of Tesean Scott" Facebook page)
Marvin Tesean Scott, Jr. (Source: "Loving Memeries of Tesean Scott" Facebook page) Marvin Tesean Scott, Jr. (Source: "Loving Memeries of Tesean Scott" Facebook page)
EMERALD ISLE, NC (KFVS) -

Funeral services have been set for a 16-year-old Cape Girardeau boy who drowned while swimming in the ocean in North Carolina.

Marvin Tesean Scott, Jr. was visiting Emerald Isle on a church retreat when he and another teen was hit by a large wave, according to the Town of Emerald Isle Police Chief Jeffrey Waters.

Visitation for Scott is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Linwood Baptist Church with the funeral service beginning at noon.

A candlelight vigil was planned at midnight Saturday at Red Star Baptist Church when the church group Marvin Tesean Scott Jr. was with arrived home.

The teen drowned while on a church trip in North Carolina.

Emerald Isle police received a call at 7:30 p.m. on July 28 for a water rescue.

Police on the scene reported that the water was very rough and the waves were strong at the time.

Witnesses told police that Scott and other teens were swimming when two teens were hit by a large wave and were carried out by the rip current.

Two people were able to rescue the 13 year old.

One man tried to go back in the water to rescue Scott, but he lost sight of him.

Emerald Isle Fire and Rescue personnel searched with a jet ski. Scott was spotted about 40-50 yards offshore in rough surf. He was brought to shore where he was unresponsive.

A Marine helicopter that was in the area for a training exercise landed on the beach and flew Scott to a hospital in Greenville, North Carolina.

He was alive and had a pulse when they landed in Greenville, but he died while being treated at the hospital.

One of the bystanders who tried to save Scott was taken to a hospital with heat exhaustion. He was later released from the hospital.

Another man who tried to save Scott went to the hospital was treated and released for conditions related to the rescue.

"I get up every Sunday and I speak on how we're supposed to resemble Jesus and we're supposed to see the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the way that we live our lives and Tesean was that. He was just an awesome young man. He was the type of youth that you want in your youth group to be the role model for all of your other young children," said Red Star Baptist Church Pastor Rick Crump.

Pastor Crump told Heartland News Scott's mother flew to North Carolina and the church youth are staying there with her until she's able to come home.

According to Cape Central High School Assistant Principal Josh Crowell, Scott would have been a high school junior this school year. He said Scott was on a youth retreat with Red Star Baptist Church and had spent the last year fundraising for the trip.

He said Crowell was not involved in any school activities, that most of his time and energy went into planning for this retreat.

Other students from the junior high school and high school were also on the trip.

The school released this statement, "Thoughts and prayers are with the family. The biggest support we can give at this time is prayer."

Crowell said grief counselors will be available at the school for those who need someone to talk to.

He said a memorial fund was set up at Montgomery Bank. If you would like to donate, you can make checks out to the Tesean fund. If you would like a tax receipt, you can make checks out to Red Star Baptist Church and write "Tesean fund" in the memo line.

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