A 22-year-old man who didn’t know how to swim jumped into a raging river to save a 5-year-old boy from drowning.
Victor Mozqueda successfully rescued Vincent Gonzalez, but died making the heroic effort.
His family said his final act of charity was in line with his character.
“He would always do things for others. That’s just the way he was raised,” Ivan Gonzalez, Mozqueda’s brother-in-law and the boy’s uncle told CNN.
Mozqueda, of Santa Clarita, Calif., was at Sequoia National Park with his family when Vincent slipped and fell into the river, Gonzalez said, according to the report.
Despite not knowing how to swim, Mozqueda “was the first one to jump in,” he said.
Other family members, a fisherman, and a Marine then plunged into the water, according to the report.
Mozqueda clutched the child as they were sucked under the water by a strong current.
“Vincent held on to Victor’s neck,” Gonzalez told CNN.
Mozqueda handed the boy off to his parents before he was sucked under water for the last time.
The boy was given CPR and taken to the emergency room by helicopter, according to the report.
Mozqueda’s body was recovered from the scene about two hours later.