A 22-year-old died after attempting to rescue a 5-year-old boy from a river in Sequoia National Park early Saturday, officials say.
Tulare County Sheriff's Office and the fire department were notified of the incident at 7:15 a.m. Saturday.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks summarized in a news release how the tragedy unfolded:
A family arrived to the park around 6:45 a.m. and walked down to the Kaweah River near the entrance. The boy slipped into the river and an unidentified 22-year-old man, who arrived with the family, jumped in to rescue him. The parents also jumped in to help.
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Nearby fishermen were able to rescue the parents and child from the river and began CPR on the child. They successfully resuscitated the child, who was taken to a local hospital by a Life Flight helicopter where he will undergo treatment.
The 22-year-old's body was quickly swept away and was recovered two hours after the incident. The relationship between him and the family is unknown.
This marks fatality No. 2 in the river within the last two weeks, officials said, adding that the nature of both fatalities are similar.
Park officials say the issue is not a matter of people trying to swim. They warn that rocks nearby the river are slick and to keep a safe distance from them.