A kind man who couldn’t swim has died after sacrificing his life to save a young boy from drowning.
California Victor Mozqueda no doubt knew that the risks were high, but for him there was no question about what he felt he had to do.
Mozqueda, 22, left his Santa Clarita, California, home Saturday morning for a family trip to Sequoia National Park. When the family arrived around 7 a.m, they were eager to walk alongside the river.
It was slippery. That’s when the boy, Vincent Gonzalez, fell in, the boy’s uncle said. And even though Mozqueda couldn’t swim, “he was the first one to jump in” to save the little boy, Vincent’s mom and dad jumped in right after.
The 22-year-old’s brother-in-law, Ivan Gonzalez, told the station that Mozqueda was “dragged to the stronger currents right away.”
“He went under for two to three seconds with the child, he never let him go, and the last thing he did was throw him at my brother for him to pull him out,” he told the station. “My brother barely grabbed him and tossed him to his wife, and Victor went under, and they couldn’t chase him.”
The child’s mother told ABC News that his father, with help from a nearby fisherman, performed CPR on him. He was then transported by air to a nearby hospital for treatment, police told the network.
It was hours before authorities were able to recover Mozqueda’s body.
“He is Vincent’s Angel and a hero to all of us for ever,” relatives wrote on the GoFundMe page, which shows the small child smiling on a playground, still wearing his hospital gown. “We will for ever be grateful for his courage, bravery and unselfish act. We will always miss you Victor and you will for ever live in our hearts.”