Good Samaritan, 22, dies after pulling two children from Texas river then attempting to rescue their father who tried to save them but is still missing
- Body of Casandra Kendrick, 22, was pulled from Guadalupe River near Seguin, Texas, on Sunday night
- Kendrick died trying to rescue young father, 30, after helping bring his two sons to safety
- Young children got caught in the current and their dad jumped in to save them
- Father vanished and never resurfaced; search for him resumed Monday
A good Samaritan has died and a young father is missing after she rescued the man’s two children who were struggling against the current in a Texas river.
The body of 22-year-old Casandra Kendrick was found Sunday night in the Guadalupe River near her hometown of Seguin, about 35 miles northeast of San Antonio, according to the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office.
Kendrick helped the man pull his two children from the river and then tried to save him, but the water kept pushing them downriver, the sheriff’s office said.
A relative posted these photos of Casandra Kendrick, 22 (left and right), who died saving two young children and their father from the Guadalupe River in Texas on Sunday
Kendrick was spending the day on the island in the middle of the river with a large group of family members when disaster struck
A man who was with his children on the island noticed that two of his sons began to struggle in the strong current near a bridge
Emergency responders stopped their search for the man around 10pm on Sunday but resumed looking for him on Monday morning. They did not identify the missing man.
The 30-year-old father was spending the day Sunday with his three children on the island in the middle of the river, popular for swimming and tubing. Kendrick was also there hanging out with about 20 family members.
At around 5pm, two of the man’s sons got caught in the swift current, and the dad jumped into the water to rescue them, reported Seguin Gazette.
Kendrick, who was with the separate group, went after the man and his children to help.
The father was able to grab one of his sons and pass him to Kendrick, who then handed the boy off to another person, according to KENS5.
The man jumped into the water and managed to hand his children over to Kendrick, who then passed them to another person
The father and Kendrick then vanished beneath the surface, never to reappear. The search for the male victim is still ongoing
The father performed the same maneuver with his other child, but then began to struggle in the current.
Both the men and woman eventually disappeared beneath the surface near the FM 1117 bridge, prompting relatives on the island to summon help.
Divers recovered Kendrick’s body just before 8.45pm on Sunday.
Family and friends took to Facebook on Monday to mourn Kendrick’s death.
‘She died saving lives,’ one relative wrote. ‘What a beautiful soul. Now she will be watching over y’all. So sorry for y’all loss. Prayers to all.’
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