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A Hero Among Us

Santaluces Senior Jakob Thompson Rescues Drowning Woman
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Liliana Stollberg
A picture of Jakob Thompson at Santaluces High School

On November 30, 2023, a senior at Santaluces High School saved a woman’s life at the Boynton Inlet. 

On his way to Delray Beach, Jakob Thompson and his girlfriend decided to stop and visit the Boynton Inlet. Pulling into the parking lot Thompson saw a crowd of people gathered around the seawall, looking into the water. Looking closer, he noticed that someone seemed to be hanging onto the wall. “I didn’t know if they were pulling out a dead body or what was going on,” Thompson explains. The two decided to drive over and get a closer look. 

“When I drove around, a woman was floating past the front of my truck.” Jakob Thompson immediately knew that he had to save her. “I knew I was fully capable of helping, and if I’m capable I want to help. I couldn’t just watch her drift away knowing I could have done something.”

The woman looked to be in her 20s and Thompson thinks she had been struggling for a while. A man who had been there before said when she first fell into the water she was sucked into a whirlpool. The water was pulling her down, so a group of surrounding guys threw a rope out to her and then were able to grab her. This is what Jacob saw when he first arrived, but she slipped and was floating down the intercoastal. There was an outgoing tide which means that the water was being pulled from the intercoastal into the ocean. The woman could have been lost in the ocean if not for Jakob’s bravery. 

Watch dramatic unedited footage of Jakob’s heroic actions here:


Jakob Thompson is no stranger to swimming in rough currents. He explained he spends much time at Beer Can Island in Boynton Beach, on boats and jet skis. “I’m comfortable with that Inlet and I know the tides” This meant that Thompson was able to easily swim to the woman by following the tide. 

The swim became more strenuous once he reached the woman and realized he’d have to carry her back. She was weak and out of breath, trying to talk to Jakob through her gasps. He said he was just trying to keep her focused on holding her head up. Eventually, with the help of the gathered crowd, they were able to pull the women out of the water. 

Luckily someone had called 911 and an ambulance and patrol boat pulled up shortly after the woman had been saved. If Jakob had come any later, the first responders may have arrived in a completely different situation. 

The most remarkable part of this is Jakob’s courage and determination. The water at the inlet is well known for its dangers, however, Jakob never had a doubt in his mind that he would be able to rescue the woman. “I knew I was going to have to help. I knew I was in a position where I would have to do that.” Jakob bravely committed everything he had to the situation. 

After his intense afternoon, Jakob Thompson decided to spend the rest of his day spending time with his grandparents, who were in town visiting. This is the story of a young man who jumped into action to help save a life—not for recognition or appreciation—but because he knew it was the right thing to do. This is the story of a true hero!

 

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Liliana Stollberg, Staff Writer
Hi! I'm Liliana, but people call me Lily. I'm a Sophomore and this is my first year working with The Tribe. I have a minor obsession with dying my hair and like to change the color often. I like to read, watch movies, and hang out with my friends. This is my second year in the Culinary Arts program and I love to bake.

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    Kiara CanalesDec 21, 2023 at 10:52 PM

    As someone who personally goes to school with and knows Jakob, I would say that what he did was very brave for what he did. I have heard of so many people who have been killed trying to save others in those dangerous currents… watching Jakob just jump into action without giving it any thought… May God Bless His Soul!

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    ErikaDec 19, 2023 at 10:40 AM

    It seems like a heroic act to save someone’s life without thinking about the risk to your own. That’s why I think it more than deserves the merit. Congratulations!

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    NicolasDec 19, 2023 at 10:40 AM

    I think it was a very good action, he shouldn’t have done it but he did it without thinking about it, the girl was very lucky that he was right there.

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    Angel O'Brien :) !Dec 18, 2023 at 2:26 PM

    Wow, This story is so inspiring! Jakob is a real hero for doing such a brave act of kindness!

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    Kristy MangoneDec 18, 2023 at 1:28 PM

    What an incredible story! Thank you for sharing Jakob’s heroism; he is an inspiration!

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    Abigael AmbroiseDec 18, 2023 at 1:27 PM

    To see someone from my school get noticed for something like this is truely inspirational to me. He is very brave for what he did to save that young lady’s life, It takes a very srong minded person to do what he did. He deserves every bit of recognition. Jakob is true a hero.

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    Angel O'Brien :) !Dec 16, 2023 at 1:32 PM

    This is such an amazing story! Jakob is a real hero 🙂 Jakob is very brave for doing such a brave thing to help out someone in need. Proud of you Jakob and God Bless You and your family and friends ! 🙂

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    Tiquadra B BrownDec 15, 2023 at 2:17 PM

    I think Jakob Thompson Is A Hero For Saving The Life Of Another Individual. With Unwavering Composure and Courage, Jakob Thompson Put The Person’s Well-Being Above All Else, Risking Nothing. Thanks To His Prompt Action, A Life Was Miraculously Spared.

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    Aidan BurchfieldDec 14, 2023 at 1:38 PM

    Seeing other students take action and save lives like this is such an inspiration. Jakob is a hero and deserves recognition.

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    EmersonDec 14, 2023 at 11:53 AM

    Jakob Thompson is such a hero by helping the person that was drowning instead of watching and doing nothing .

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    Travis SaintardDec 14, 2023 at 9:05 AM

    Reading about how someone my age is doing great things inspires me and gives me hope that one day I can do something as heroic.

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    Raphael lLouis-jeanDec 14, 2023 at 9:03 AM

    Way to go, Jakob! It means a lot to know there are still some good people in this world

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    Brianna PiquantDec 14, 2023 at 8:37 AM

    Jakob is such a brave person for jumping in the water instead of spectating and recording like everyone else.

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    Brandon BushDec 13, 2023 at 5:58 PM

    Being apart of a newer generation, you get discourage by older generations because we didn’t live the same as them. Jakob Thompson represents the newer generation and I don’t know Jakob that well but, great props to him. I’ve been to the boynton inlet and the water under the bridge it’s definitely NOT something I would consider thinking about putting my feet in. So while reading this, there’s such a threshold on what it really meant to take this action to save another human being life. Thank You Jakob.

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    Arhaan AhmedDec 13, 2023 at 2:38 PM

    Jakob Thompson is a hero who was willing to risk his own life to save another one. He is an incredible human being who has a big heart.

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    Jason GarciaDec 13, 2023 at 2:36 PM

    Jakob Thompson represents what being a Chief is all about: caring, brave, fearless, and humble. Overall, Jakob Thompson is an amazing person.

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    Santos AlvarengaDec 13, 2023 at 2:28 PM

    This is amazing the way he put his life on the line to save her. He truly is a hero.

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    Leitch BlancDec 13, 2023 at 2:26 PM

    So proud of Santaluces High School for sharing this story about Jakob. He is so brave and truly a hero and should be recognized as one .

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    Damian AbdulDec 13, 2023 at 2:22 PM

    Jakob Thompson is a hero. He put someone’s life before his and that’s what makes him a great leader. I am a student at Santaluces Community High School. I have a 1st period class with Thompson. He is always helping out others and determined to make sure he and others around him don’t fail.

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    Daneal GrantDec 13, 2023 at 2:14 PM

    This article is amazing, It highlights a hero among us and showcases an example of kindness and goodwill.
    Thank you for sharing this fascinating story!

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    CeleneDec 13, 2023 at 1:26 PM

    no way this happened this is such an amazing story, wow!

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    Allan MartinezDec 13, 2023 at 1:07 PM

    This story is inspiring, I’m proud and moved by Jacobs’s actions of saving her life.

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    Brian DantesDec 13, 2023 at 1:04 PM

    Nice article, Shoutout Santaluces High School.

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    Tabata FernandezDec 13, 2023 at 1:03 PM

    So proud of you Jakob, you’re a hero.

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    Teddji DorleansDec 13, 2023 at 12:22 PM

    Way to go, Jakob!!!!

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    Carlin FleuremeDec 13, 2023 at 12:08 PM

    What an heroic act by you Jakob, because many people wouldn’t hop into the face of danger like you did. I pray that you get far in life, and if you face challenges face them all head on buddy. PS: Keep being great.

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    Nevaeh JeromeDec 13, 2023 at 11:32 AM

    That’s really scary but brave. This has a huge impact towards little kids and other people in life. But congratulations to Jakob Thompson for being a brave swimmer for jumping into the water to save that woman, I’m pretty sure no one else would but that’s amazing.

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    Pamela RenzetteDec 13, 2023 at 10:10 AM

    What an amazing story! Congratulations Lily on a well deserved recognition from SNO.

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    Jayden SteinDec 13, 2023 at 9:30 AM

    So proud of you Jakob, You are a hero!!

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    julio perdomoDec 13, 2023 at 9:18 AM

    Not surprised Jakob did this he is a very courageous person and very kind!! very proud of what he did to save the women’s life.

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    Elizabeth WaltersDec 13, 2023 at 7:27 AM

    A beautifully written article. I was overcome with emotions watching the video and seeing Jakob’s heroic actions. Jakob, you truly are a “hero among us” at Santaluces. We are all so proud of you!!!

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    Leo RenzetteDec 13, 2023 at 7:10 AM

    Heartfelt admiration for Jakob for his selfless actions and gratitude to Lily for sharing his story with all of us. Once a Chief, Always a Chief! – Chef

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