WARWICK, R.I. (CBS) – The Coast Guard located the body of a 10-year-old girl in Narragansett Bay off Rhode Island Monday. The recovery came hours after crews previously found the Good Samaritan who died trying to rescue her.
The girl was caught up in rip current Sunday. Valentin Cardona Sanchez had jumped in trying to save her but later drowned. Officials called Sanchez a hero, saying he didn’t know the girl he was trying to rescue.READ MORE: Newbury Street To Have 3 Car-Free Days In August
Family members say the 35-year-old always thought of others. “Born in Guatemala, he came to better his life and he was always putting people first,” his niece Isamar Reyes said. “It was about his family, about everybody else before himself.”
Coast Guard crews searched overnight and into Monday afternoon, when they located the girl’s body.READ MORE: Your 4 Community: Cradles To Crayons
“People walk out there and do not realize just how fast the tide comes in and can sweep them away. The current is very, very strong here,” Warwick Fire Chief Peter McMichael said.
The beach does have several signs indicating there are no lifeguards and warning of possible rip currents.MORE NEWS: Service Resumes On Green Line Hours After Trains Crash In Boston
Two other people were taken to the hospital.