A diving accident in the Bouie River leaves man paralyzed

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippians head to local creeks and rivers to keep cool this time of year but that can be dangerous, especially when you jump or dive into the water.

David Brentlucky learned in a split second just how dangerous it can be.

"When I hit the bottom it just sounded like lighting and that was it. I was just trying to breathe under water when it happened and somebody grabbed me. I don't know who it was but they saved my life."

Brentlucky,31, has been swimming and diving, in local rivers and creeks for more than 20 years.

It was June sixth, when he made a splash that forever changed his life.

"I was just lying on the sand bar, I remember not feeling anything. I was crying because I was scared to death. I couldn't feel anything."

Brentlucky severed his spine and is now paralyzed from the chest down after diving off a cliff into the Bouie River, in what he thought was deep enough water.

"Life went from good to in the blink of an eye not knowing what's going on."@

Two-and-a-half weeks later, after major surgery, he is making progress with the help of Occupational Therapist Beth Hensarling.

"He could feel more than he could move. Presently, he is able to move his shoulders. He can bring his wrists back and he is able to bring his wrists forward. He does not have finger or thumb movement at this time."

"My legs move sometimes," said Brentlucky, "Which makes me happy, it's kind of like an involuntary movement but miracles happen everyday. There is a lot of other things that are going to work because I pray everyday. I believe it's going to happen."

So does Brentlucky's Grandmother, Wilma McSwain.

"We've got a lot of people praying for him, and I do believe in prayers. I can just see little things that have improved since the accident. It's just a miracle everyday."

Brentlucky is determined to regain movement where ever he can, he is also determined to warn others about the dangers of swimming in rivers and creeks.

"I just want everybody to be careful swimming. I love swimming and it's summer time and it is just so dangerous. One day you can be here and the next day it could just be your day. One jump, it's really fun but fun can sometimes end up being very dangerous."

With each day that passes Brentlucky moves a little more, hoping one day he will personally be able to thank the man that saved his life, and once again splash around in the river he loves so much.

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