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Man drowns after jumping into river to save three children

A selfless hero drowned while trying to save three drowning children — all strangers to him — in California this week.

Manjeet Singh, 29, died after jumping into the Kings River after seeing two girls and a boy get swept away by the current at the popular recreation area in Reedley, the local ABC affiliate reported.

Singh — who was there to go jet skiiing — lost his life, as did one of the two girls.

He had come to the US from India two years ago, and recently moved to Fresno, where he started a truck driving school, officials said.

Singh and his brother-in-law had gone to the river to cool off, officials said.

“He went in to try to help them and unfortunately went under pretty quickly and never came back up,” Reedley police Commander Marc Ediger told reporters.

Other bystanders were able to pull one of the kids out. That little girl, an 8-year-old, was on life support, police said. The other surviving child was able to climb to shore on his own.

“I think the kids waded out too far and started being carried by the current under the bridge,” Ediger said.

Police said they did not know whether Singh even knew how to swim. It took rescue workers 40 minutes to find him and pull him from the water.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in his name to help his family in India.


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