Community Mourns Loss Of Two Teens In Tragic Bridge Dare Incident

A sense of shock and sorrow enveloped a South Carolina community following the tragic deaths of two high school boys who drowned while attempting a dare to jump from a local bridge. The victims, identified as D.W. Daniel High School sophomores Rayan Alnasser, 16, and Zakaria Chaar, 15, lost their lives after leaping from Twelve Mile River Bridge into Lake Hartwell.

Details of the incident revealed that the fatal dare, instigated during a group chat among friends, led to a harrowing ordeal late Saturday. As one of the boys plunged into the water, he quickly found himself in distress, prompting his companion to courageously attempt a rescue. Unfortunately, both boys were swept away by the strong currents, despite efforts to save them.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, alongside emergency responders, launched a frantic search operation that spanned late Saturday night into Sunday. Utilizing divers, boats, and sonar technology, authorities scoured the lake before recovering the bodies of Alnasser and Chaar on Monday morning.

Addressing concerns surrounding the incident, Chief Deputy Chuck James warned against the dangers posed by social media trends promoting risky behaviors like bridge jumping. He urged individuals to exercise caution and prioritize safety over dares that could have tragic consequences.

Amidst the outpouring of grief, the School District of Pickens County extended its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and classmates of the two students. Recognizing the profound impact of their loss, the district pledged to provide comprehensive support services to those affected, including counseling and mental health resources.

Tributes poured in for Rayan Alnasser, a talented soccer player, with his coach, Thomas Izaguirre, expressing profound sorrow over the untimely passing.

“I would give up every trophy and even my life for him to be back with his family,” Izaguirre wrote in a Facebook tribute. “Rayan you will be missed. I will forever carry you in my heart. I love you Rayan rest easy.”

Classmates, like Mackenzie Witt, fondly remembered Alnasser and Chaar for their kindness and warmth, highlighting their enduring legacy within the school community.

As the community grapples with the tragedy, plans are underway for a vigil to honor the memories of Alnasser and Chaar, offering solace and support to those mourning their untimely departure.