Soccer player

American footballer drowns while saving child

Yannick Dbumeni-Ndaleu, a 21-year-old footballer born in Cameroon and playing in the American third division for Maryland Bobcats FC, died on Monday trying to help a father save his drowning child off Myrtle Beach, Carolina from South.

Deputy Chief Coroner Tamara Willard said the body was found Tuesday morning after Dbumeni-Ndaleu disappeared into the ocean while trying to help another swimmer pull her son from a rip current. according to WMBF. The child and the father were able to reach shore safely.

Dbumeni-Ndaleu was a reserve player for Maryland Bobcats FC, which plays in the National Independent Soccer Association in the third tier of American football. He lived in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from Springbrook High School.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds to send the body back to his native Cameroon. According to the GoFundMe, Dbumeni-Ndaleu was in Myrtle Beach celebrating his 21st birthday when he saw a father and son struggling.

“Our brave and courageous brother/son walked in without thinking and decided to help them,” says GoFundMe. “He managed to help the son out and came back to help the father as well. Unfortunately, after helping the father out, he fails to save himself and gets caught in the current.

“Yannick was a selfless, funny, caring and loved person. He was always the life of the party, always cracking jokes and had an amazing personality. He was always ready to help anyone he could. He dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and every day he got up and worked to make his dreams come true.

Dbumeni-Ndaleu is survived by a twin sister and another family and loved ones, according to GoFundMe.

“We are asking for donations to help bring his body back to Cameroon,” the GoFundMe wrote. “Yannick was a truly loved person with an incredible heart. He will be truly missed.

Makenzie Kramer, witness to the drowning also created a GoFundMe for the family of Dbumeni-Ndaleu.

“I’m sharing her story to raise awareness of the dangers of going into the sea when there are ‘No Swimming’ red flags,” the GoFundMe states. “His heroic act of kindness resulted in his death. My heart goes out to his family and friends. My goal is to help give his family the peace and proper ceremony he deserves.