Man dies after trying to save children who were swept down the Kings River from Reedley Beach, police say


REEDLEY, California (KGPE) – A 28-year-old man is dead and an 8-year-old girl is in the hospital after they were pulled from the Kings River Wednesday, according to Reedley’s police and fire department.

Crews say they were called shortly after 7 p.m. to an area downstream from Reedley Beach. The man jumped in after the young girl when she and two other children got into trouble in the water.

Reedley Fire, with assistance from Fresno County Fire, rescued both people from the water.

“Medical aid was received from Reedley firefighters on scene, EMS arrived, and that patient was turned over to EMS and transported to a local hospital,” said Reedley Fire Batallion Chief Justin Watson.

“A little bit later in the incident, we received information of a second victim with the description of their last known location, and after about one hour, we located that victim downstream of the Reedley Boat Launch.”

One witness, who did not provide his name, says he helped pull a little girl out of the water.

“I seen the girls yelling, and I know they were playing, but they were going under the bridge already, so I came running down the bridge, and I seen them get one girl out, and I was trying to catch up to the other little girl.”

The 8-year-old girl was taken to the hospital. The identity of either person pulled from the water has not been released. Eyewitness News understands that the man who jumped into the water was not related to the other victims.

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