(FOX40.COM) — A Manteca man has been identified as the Good Samaritan that helped rescue a child from the San Joaquin River and attempted to rescue a woman before going under the water himself, according to the San Joaquin County Medical Examiner.
Eddie Gerardo Cervantes Lora, 41, was found just before noon on Wednesday by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s and was pronounced deceased.
Cervantes Lora was one of six people to help a woman and child be pulled from the San Joaquin River on Tuesday afternoon after the woman’s GMC SUV crashed.
While the six people were rescuing the 5-year-old girl, the woman went under the water and Cervantes Lora jumped into the water to rescue her but never resurfaced after the woman was latter found.
According to California Highway Patrol Tracy, the woman’s vehicle drove off Airport Way in rural San Joaquin County for an unknown reason, headed down an embankment and crashed into a tree before going into the river.
The woman and the child were able to to escape the vehicle and stand on its rear hatch as the SUV started to fill with water.
Six people witnessed the crash and worked together to rescue the child before the woman went under the water, according to the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority.
The woman was latter found along the shoreline with major injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The child was reported to have no injuries.