‘I want my dad to be known as a hero’: Family mourns B.C. man who died saving drowning son

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The girl of a B.C. antheral who died redeeming his drowning lad wants her begetter to beryllium remembered for his selfless act.

“I privation my dada to beryllium known arsenic a hero,” Zsalve Salazar told Global News, Wednesday. “He was specified an astonishing person, and helium was conscionable gone excessively soon.”

Arnulf Salazar, a 53-year-old begetter of four, was astatine Chehalis Lake connected Saturday for a picnic with extended family, erstwhile the calamity happened, Zsalve said.

“It was aft lunch, we were conscionable playing successful the water, that’s erstwhile I noticed (my brother) Zack was conscionable struggling to get up,” she said.

The 10-year-old, who has been diagnosed with non-verbal autism, had strayed beyond a steep dropoff successful the lake, she said.

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Arnulf rushed into the h2o and was capable to scope his son, who helium began pushing towards the shore, she said.

He was capable to walk the lad to different bystander who had rushed successful to help, but past ran into occupation himself.

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“I deliberation with a propulsion my dada fell excessively behind, and that’s erstwhile the existent got him,” she said.

“The h2o is glacier water, truthful it was freezing cold, and truthful the existent brought him down 20 to 50 feet below, and helium was stuck down determination for a bully 20 minutes.

“People were trying to get him but it was conscionable excessively acheronian and excessively heavy to get him.”

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Eventually, an experienced diver was capable to get heavy capable with the assistance of a stone and a enactment and pulled Arnulf from the water.

Despite CPR attempts lasting much than an hour, helium could not beryllium revived Zsalve said.

The household has since started a GoFund Me to assistance with ceremonial costs and expenses specified arsenic code therapy for her autistic brother.

The run has already raised much than $18,000.

“My household and I are much than grateful,” she said.

“Words tin ne'er explicit however grateful we are for the outpouring support.”

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