RIO VISTA (CBS SF) — A San Francisco man drowned while kayaking south of Rio Vista on Sunday afternoon after helping to save his daughter.

brannan island drowning San Francisco Man Drowns In Delta After Saving Daughter

Coast Guard crews search for a man who drowned near Brannan Island, June 25, 2017. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)

The man, who has been identified by the Sacramento County coroner’s office as 40-year-old Roni Avila Alvarado, was kayaking with his 5-year-old daughter in Three Mile Slough, part of the Brannan Island State Recreation Area, when their kayak overturned, according to Sacramento County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Turnbull.

roni avila San Francisco Man Drowns In Delta After Saving Daughter

Roni Avila (Family photo/GoFundMe)

Both Alvarado and the girl went under initially, but he surfaced with her and held her above the water until she could be picked up by a good Samaritan on a jet ski in the area.

He then went under again and did not resurface. Neither the father nor the daughter wore a life jacket.

The incident was reported a little before 2:30 p.m. A search was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard and Solano County and Sacramento County units. Alvarado’s body was recovered a little after 11 p.m.

Note: The victim’s family has set up an online fundraiser to help with funeral costs. A link can be found here.

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Comments (6)
  1. Ford Hanson says:

    They were not wearing life-jackets! That could of saved both of them.

    1. These types of people are not known for their intelligence. That is why their country is a pile of smelling of garbage.

  2. You figure with so many of these people crossing the Rio Grande to get into our country, these idiots would be able to swim well.

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