Contra Costa Deputy, High School Football Coach Drowns Saving Friend in South Lake Tahoe

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE --

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Carlos Francies drowned in South Lake Tahoe Thursday, during a heroic attempt to rescue a friend struggling to stay afloat in the water.

"A friend of his was in distress in the water, and from what we know he went into the water after him. His body went into shock and he drowned," Deputy Sheriff's Association President Shawn Welch said.

"He would give his left arm, his right arm for anybody. That's just the kind of guy he was," Francies' long-time friend Kevin Davis said.

The two coached alongside one another at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks — Francies, the varsity football coach, and Davis, the freshman football coach.

"He enjoyed coming out here and coaching these kids, man. And it's a sad day. I can say that much. It's a sad day," Davis said.

Francis also attended California State University, Sacramento back in 2005, where he was a defensive back for the Hornets.

"He's going to be very missed, especially from me," Davis said.

"He had several close friends he's worked with his entire time here, and they are all hurting right now," Welch said at a press conference.

South Lake Tahoe Police are warning others that the water in South Lake Tahoe is extremely cold toward the center, deep, and the shifting winds make it erratic.

Davis, however, does not want his friend's death to set an example, but rather, the way he lives his life.

"My prayers go out to all of his family members, and I'm going to go out there and coach hard and set an example like he did for, basically the rest of my life," Davis said.

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