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South Sioux City man drowns in Missouri River over weekend

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Nebraska (KTIV) – A South Sioux City, Nebraska, man has drowned in the Missouri River while trying to save two young girls, who got caught in the current.

South Sioux City Fire Chief Clint Merithew says 49-year-old Felipe Mendoza was with his family, on Saturday, when two young girls got caught in the swirling waters of the Missouri River.

Merithew says Mendoza jumped into the river to rescue the girls.

He got them to safety but was pulled underwater by the currents.

He never resurfaced.

Merithew says his department’s rescue boat, with five on board, helped in a search of the river.

Mendoza’s body was later recovered using side-scan sonar.

Matt Breen

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