U.S. Navy veteran Casandra Kendrick didn’t hesitate when she saw a father struggling to save his two children who had got into difficulty in a river in Texas.
The 22-year-old rushed to assist Victor Villanueva, 30, and his two children during the incident on Sunday in the Guadalupe River, according to the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office.
The two children had gone under the water after being swept away.
After Cassandra rushed to help the two children, she then lost her life trying to save the father. Victor also lost his life that day.
Cassandra’s body was found on Sunday evening and Victor’s body was recovered on Monday afternoon.
“My sister’s a hero,” Cassandra’s sister Sarah Hammack said, as per CBS affiliate KENS 5 TV. “She’s really strong. Always put people before her[self].
“She hung on to that baby and she passed it off and she did a good job.”
Her cousin, Alyssa Boe added: “People would be too scared, but she helped them and honestly I doubt she’d change a thing about it.”
Cassandra had been enjoying a day out with 20 family members while Victor was spending the day with his three children on an island in the middle of the river in Guadalupe County when the tragedy happened.
Cassandra had jumped in as the father went underwater, witnesses said, but neither of them resurfaced.
Such a tragedy that two people lost their lives that day. They will forever be remembered as heroes for their bravery saving those children.
Rest in peace Victor and Cassandra.
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