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Mother and Good Samaritan Drown Trying to Save 4-Year-Old Who Fell Into Rushing River

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Hope is fading for a 4-year-old girl fell into the Provo River in Utah after her mother and a Good Samaritan drowned trying to rescue her.

Six people jumped into the water after the girl, London DeDios, fell near Bridal Veil Falls on Monday afternoon, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Among them were her mother, Brenda Nalleli DeDios, and Sean Zacharey Thayne.

Nalleli DeDios, 34, and Thayne both were pulled out of the water three miles downstream and were transported to Utah Valley Hospital in critical condition. Police report both died a short time later.

Thayne, 30, did not know the mother or daughter but jumped into action after seeing the child fall.

KUTV reports DeDios and her mother were sitting on rocks near the water under a small pedestrian bridge when the child fell in.

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A search for the little girl, who was not found during the initial rescue efforts, was scaled down overnight with plans to fully resume at 7 a.m. local time on Tuesday. Timpanogos Park will be closed to the public tomorrow as the search effort continues.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said chances of finding DeDios alive were bleak but officials were not yet calling off their rescue operation yet.

“Just looking at the river here, it scares the daylights out of me just thinking of being in it,” Cannon said.

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On top of the raging water, Cannon warned that the water was extremely cold due to snowmelt coming off the mountains.

“Parents need to be so, so vigilant in situations like this,” he said. “Hang on to your kids for dear life.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family with funeral costs.