BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. – A Texas man drowned over the weekend while trying to save a young girl who was swept away by the current on the Red River, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
It happened Sunday around 5 p.m. on the Red River, 1/4 mile east of the Denison Dam in Bryan County.
According to a trooper’s report, a 10-year-old girl was wading in the river when she was swept away by the current.
A man, 36-year-old Antonio Salazar-Galicia, of Denison, Texas, tried to save the girl and when he reached her, he was pushed under the water and did not resurface.
The girl was rescued by a nearby boat. She was revived by bystanders before being taken to the hospital; she was later released.
Officials say Salazar-Galicia was recovered just after 6:30 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene.