Man Dies Trying to Rescue 5-Year-Old Boy Who Fell Into River in Sequoia National Park

An undated photo shows the Kaweah River in the Sierra Nevada within Sequoia National Park. (Credit: Issarakarn Somsakul/Getty Images)

An undated photo shows the Kaweah River in the Sierra Nevada within Sequoia National Park. (Credit: Issarakarn Somsakul/Getty Images)

A young man died trying to rescue a 5-year-old boy who had fallen into the Kaweah River on Saturday in Sequoia National Park, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 7:15 a.m. near the park entrance, according to a statement from the National Park Service.

After entering the park about 6:45, the boy’s family decided to walk down to the river when the boy slipped into the water, officials said.

An unidentified 22-year-old male who was with the family jumped into the river to try and save the boy and was followed by the child’s parents, officials said.

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