LSU junior Layne Gravois

Updated April 14, 2021

The body of LSU Junior Layne Gravois was pulled from the water at Miramar Beach, Florida after he and his two friends from Nicholls State University tried to save boy from drowning in the rip currents. Gravois and his friends were on spring break. 

Gravois and the boy drowned, and the two Nicholls State University students were injured.

Gravois’ mother, Kristo Gros Gravois, told WWL-TV reporters that her son was trying to help the distressed boy when the two were pulled by the currents. They were unable to escape.

Gravois was an honors student at LSU who was studying electrical engineering.

Interim LSU President Tom Galligan expressed his condolences to Layne Gravois' family during the President’s report at this past Saturday’s LSU Board of Supervisors meeting.

“I have another sad story to report but it’s a heroic story", said Galligan, "Layne Gravois was a junior engineering student who had just received a scholarship. He was in Destin on vacation with friends and two young children were drowning and so he was part of an attempted rescue crew. Sadly he lost his life in the process. Our thoughts are with his family as well.”