Marcos Gil

Despite being a poor swimmer, 17-year-old Marcos Gil on April 28, 2018, jumped into the Portneuf River near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, where a 14 year-old girl, struggling and caught in a circular current downriver from a waterfall, called for help. Marcos, a student, of Arimo, Idaho, submerged in the same current and the girl said she felt him push her toward the bank. She clung to a branch and then swam to the river bank, but Marcos, still in the current, drowned. The girl called 911 and divers recovered Marcos from the river several hours later. The girl was not physically injured.

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Marcos Gil
A Bingham County Search and Rescue diver searches the Portneuf River for the body of Carnegie Hero Marcos Gil. Gil drowned while attempting to rescue a 14-year-old girl who was caught in a current downriver from a waterfall in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on April 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of Bingham County Search and Rescue.

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