Family speaks out about Wichita teen swept away by river in Colorado

Courtesy photo: Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Courtesy photo: Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

Family, friends, and classmates are mourning the loss of 16-year-old Jamie Tran after she was swept away in a Colorado river. 

Tran, along with family and friends, went to Colorado on vacation to enjoy the last weeks of summer before returning to start her junior year at Bishop Carroll High School. 

"We were planning on visiting a whole bunch of areas, we were planning on exploring and trying new things like zip lining and white water rafting," said Tracy Tran, Jamie's sister. 

Those plans were cut short. Tran was swimming across the Roaring Fork River with her friends when she disappeared under the water. 

 Her sister immediately took action, frantically searching for the 16-year-old with the help of strangers. 

"When I saw the tourists, I just told them what to do, and I just kind of gave them directions."

A search and rescue team was called in, but they were unable to find Tran before dark on Wednesday.

Thursday morning, searchers found the teen's body, roughly 100 hundred yards downstream from where she was pulled under. 

Tran will be remembered by many for her artistic ability and sense of humor. 

"She has a quiet personality, but at the same time she's also authentic, she's smart, artistic."

Amidst the tragedy, the family wants to publicly thank the people, some even total strangers, who tried to rescue Tran, 

"I still appreciate how they just came out of nowhere and helped us through the whole thing."

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