Indian-American man drowns while saving his son from beach waters in California
California: An Indian-American father of two lost his life trying to save one of his children from a riptide during a beach outing in California.
According to sources, Srinivasa Murthy Jonnalagadda was enjoying with his family at Panther Beach in Santa Cruz last week when the tragedy happened.
He did not know how to swim.
The Indica news stated that "unexpectedly a large wave came and knocked his son down and subsequent large waves began to drag him into the ocean."
When he saw that his son was having trouble getting out of the water, he immediately rushed to save him.
With the aid of a Samaritan, Srinivasa was able to save his son, but he was tragically carried into deeper water by the riptide as his family helplessly watched him drown.
He was pulled out of water by emergency workers, who arrived on the scene, and performed CPR on him before he was loaded aboard a California Highway Patrol chopper and sent to a hospital.
He was declared dead at Stanford Hospital.
Members of several law enforcement organisations, including State Parks, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, and Santa Cruz Fire, tried to save Srinivasa, according to the Kion46 news station.
Donations are being sought through GoFundMe to help Srinivasa's family with sudden expenses like funeral costs, medical bills, and other financial commitments.
(With UNI inputs)