Michael Sanchez died attempting to save four children from drowning, Homestead, Florida, March 26, 2006. Four children, two aged 15 and the others 11 and 10, were adrift in a small boat on a man-made lake at a condominium complex when the boat began to take on water and sink. They shouted for help at a point about 500 feet from the bank, attracting the attention of Sanchez, 33, mechanic, who was visiting at the scene, and others. Sanchez removed his outer attire and entered the water, which was murky. He started to swim to the children but at a point about 75 feet from the bank experienced difficulty in the water. A man swam out to help him, but Sanchez struggled against him and he returned to the bank. Sanchez then submerged. Using boats, others removed the children to safety. Rescue divers shortly recovered Sanchez from the water. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead of drowning.
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