Teen sacrifices self to save drowning girlfriend’s life

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BANNOCK COUNTY, ID (KPVI) An Idaho teen died over the weekend after saving his girlfriend from drowning.

The tragedy happened in Lava Hot Springs at a popular swimming hole.

Marsh Valley student Marcos Gil and his girlfriend Alexa decided to go for a swim in the river at Lava Hot Springs, but the day soon took a turn for the worst.

Alexa jumped in first in a calm area of the river but quickly got sucked into a deeper area and was struggling to get out. That’s when Marcos jumped in to help her. He went underneath of her and pushed her up to the surface where she was able to get out and get back to shore.

Marcos wasn’t as fortunate. He got caught in the undercurrent and couldn’t get out.

Marcos body wasn’t recovered until about three hours later due to the high, swift waters.

Alexa’s mom says the message she would give to Marcos family is that they are forever grateful for their son’s bravery.

“They raised a hero and he will never be forgotten by any of us. He saved my daughter,” says Andrea Birdsall, Alexa’s Mother.

Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says the area where the kids got into the water is a popular swimming hole in Lava, but this time of year with the runoff season, the water is cold, it’s deep and the undercurrents are extremely powerful.

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