The mother of Jevon Lemke, Carrie Holton, says that there were 11 distressed swimmer calls the day Jevon was swept under by a rip current.
Since then, she’s made contact with several lawmakers in Alabama in an attempt to prevent the same thing from happening to other beach goers.
She and the 200 person search party did not find his physical body during her visit to Dauphin Island, but she hopes this tragedy can put safeguards in place to protect beach goers who may not know how unpredictable and dangerous the gulf shore waters can be.
“They’re not protected,” says Holton. “There’s no flag system, there’s no signs anywhere. I made sure when we drove around that area was there anything and there’s not.”
Holton’s suggestions to Alabama congressmen and women include a phone alert system similar to the amber alert system.
If waters are unsafe, any phone within proximity of the beach would receive an alert.
Holton has yet to hear back from the congressmen she contacted.
But her proposals were heard at a Baldwin county council meeting Monday.
And though these safety measures weren’t in place in time to perhaps save Jevon, she hopes it can save someone else because that’s what Jevon would want.
“I would like to think that he would be proud and because he loved as deeply as he did, I would hope that he would want this to continue on so another family and other siblings don’t have the heartbreak that we have.”
To support Holton in her efforts to make beaches safer you can sign the Islanders for Jevon petition here: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/125026-create-safer-beaches-in-alabama-to-lessen-drownings