Family Mourns Heroic Father After he Tried to Save His 12yo From Drowning on Micklers Beach

The Telugu Association of Jacksonville Area (TAJA) is providing assistance to a family in Ponte Vedra Beach after a man and his son were caught in a rip current at Micklers Beach on Saturday. According to witnesses, the 44-year-old father, Rajesh Potti, attempted to rescue his 12-year-old son from drowning. Both individuals were transported to the hospital in critical condition, but sadly, the father did not survive. TAJA reports that while the son has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home, the family is struggling to cope with the loss of Potti. TAJA members received a call from first responders shortly after the incident and promptly rushed to the hospital to offer support. Although the son’s condition has improved and he is now out of danger, the impact of Potti’s passing is significant as he was the family’s primary breadwinner. The mother and two children had recently moved to Florida from India to pursue their American dream. Despite the tragic turn of events, the family plans to send Potti’s body back to India and, despite having only arrived in the United States a few weeks ago, they are now considering returning to their home country permanently. TAJA expressed sadness over the incident, noting that many people in India are not familiar with rip currents and the dangers they pose. In response to the family’s situation, the local community has rallied together, offering assistance in various forms such as transport services and aid with packing their belongings. Additionally, fundraising efforts are underway to support the family during this difficult time.

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