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Victor Mozqueda Saves Drowning Boy, Loses Life

Victor Mozqueda Saves Drowning Boy, Loses Life
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By    |   Thursday, 28 June 2018 12:53 PM

Victor Mozqueda died after saving a drowning boy from a raging river in Sequoia National Park over the weekend.

The 22-year-old California native did not know how to swim but that did not stop him from plunging in after the 5-year-old boy, Vincent Gonzalez, who accidently slipped and fell into the tumultuous water, CNN noted.

The boy was visiting the park with his family Saturday, and Victor Mozqueda, a family friend, did not hesitate to jump into action when he fell.

He held onto the boy and refused to let go while several others tried to reach them but the currents were too strong and the two kept getting pulled under water.

Eventually he was able to push Vincent Gonzalez toward his parents before being sucked under a final time.

It took two more hours for search and rescue officials to haul his body out of the river, CNN said.

Meanwhile on shore, CPR was administered to Vincent Gonzalez, who was then flown to a nearby hospital and treated in ICU until he was released Monday, People magazine said.

Recounting the ordeal, Ivan Gonzalez, Victor Mozqueda's brother-in-law, said he never let go of Vincent Gonzalez.

"The last thing he did was throw him at my brother for him to pull him out," he said, according to KABC. "My brother barely grabbed him and tossed him to his wife, and Victor went under, and they couldn't chase him."

Victor Mozqueda's sister, Maria Mozqueda, told CNN her brother was a passionate musician and singer who loved soccer and hiking.

"Victor was a happy person, humble caring, loving, respectful, laid back and friendly. He loved going out doors and being next to nature," she said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Victor Mozqueda's family pay for his funeral.

The incident comes days after The National Park Service revealed that search-and-rescue missions performed in national parks cost U.S. taxpayers more than $3 million last year alone.

According to data released, there were 159 reported fatalities last year, and park service employees spent more than 71,000 work hours conducting SAR operations while non-employees volunteered 12,300 hours of their time to assist.

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