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Rip current signs in memory of teen drowning

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A local teenager is hoping his Eagle Scout project will potentially save lives. 

14-year-old, Samuel Silvas was inspired to do something about preventing rip current drownings after hearing the story of 16-year-old, Carlos Perez. 

Perez tragically drowned in 2016 while visiting Corpus Christi from North Texas. The young teen was not with family but on a school field trip. "I didn't think such thing would happen to a good kid like that," said Samuel Silvas. 

This inspired Silvas to dedicate his project to the young teen. He spent months figuring out ways to make warning signs that would eventually be hung around Bob Hall Pier. He says, he got the project approved by a city official. 

"I called Scott Cross, he referred me to some sign company, so I called one of them, I had a Go Fund me account but I didn't raise enough money, so we had a silent auction at Mikel Mays," said Silvas. 

On Monday, the project was completed and 53 signs have been posted throughout the covered seating area near Bob Hall Pier. 

Silvas says, his Eagle Scout Troop 949 helped put up the signs.

Although, the signs were part of his Eagle Scout project for a chance to earn the highest award in Boys Scouts, Silvas knows there's no award measurable to saving a life. "It will be satisfying to know that it will possibly save a life," said Silvas. 

We're told, Mansfield ISD helped raised some of the funds needed for the signs. They were also grateful for the project and sharing Perez story. 

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