Survivor of Spartanburg Co. drowning speaks


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate man almost drowned over the weekend, but he was saved by his brother and girlfriend.

Sadly, they both drowned during that rescue.

It happened in Lawsons Fork Creek off of Goldmine Road in Spartanburg County.

7 News sat down with the survivor, Rashawn Samuels, and learned what he has to say about the two people who saved his life.

“We were really just enjoying being out there,” Rashawn Samuels said. “It’s just what we do.”

Rashawn Samuels, his brother Colby Samuels, and his girlfriend Brandy Boughman were spending the start of their weekend celebrating a potential new job at one of their favorite spots, Lawsons Fork Creek.

“We had just left from an interview up here in Spartanburg and we were just going to kill time,” Rashawn Samuels said.

He told 7 News the trio was standing together in the water when the sand bar beneath their feet gave way.

Rashawn Samuels began struggling and that’s when Colby Samuels and Boughman tried to help; but they drowned.

Rashawn Samuels told 7 News he and his brother Colby were best friends. They lived together and even worked together.

“We did everything together,” he said.

Rashawn Samuels described his 18-year-old brother as a go-getter who was always doing something.

“He never got tired,” he said. “It didn’t matter how hot it was outside, Colby never got tired.”

Rashawn Samuels and Boughman had been dating for about seven years. Rashawn Samuels said his girlfriend had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around.

Folks who live near the creek said they have thinking about Rashawn Samuels and his family during this difficult time.

“People are praying for you. We have strong faith in and around this area,” neighbor Jim Moore said. “We are lifting you up and we just hope you can find peace in knowing that, sometimes, things happen for a reason we don’t understand. We just hate it for you.”

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