(USNewsBreak.com) – Most parents would do anything for their children, including putting their own lives on the line if the child was in distress. During many rescue attempts, sadly, some do not make it out alive. One woman recently lost her life in New Hampshire while trying to save her son from drowning.
On August 15, 44-year-old Melissa Bagley and her family traveled from Lynn, Massachusetts, to New Hampshire to hike. During the trek, one of her children, a 10-year-old boy, fell into the nearby river. He was unable to get out because of the strong current.
Melissa Bagley drowned at the Franconia Falls in New Hampshire. She was trying to rescue her 10-year-old son, authorities said. https://t.co/8A1RhocVoN
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The mom and other family members quickly jumped in and tried to help. While they were able to rescue the child, Bagley didn’t make it. Her husband, Lt. Sean Bagley of the Everett, Massachusetts police force, pulled the boy from the water and then reached his unresponsive wife. He tried to perform CPR, but sadly, she died at the scene.
During the rescue attempt, the couple’s 18-year-old son tried to help but found himself lodged between two boulders. The father saved him, as well. However, he became injured during the attempt, and first responders transported him to the hospital for treatment.
The Everett Police posted a statement on Facebook acknowledging Melissa’s passing. They asked that people give the Bagley family “time and space to mourn.”
Wayne Harvey, a local who spoke to CBS News, said the current in the Franconia Falls area is faster and higher than years prior. He warned anyone traveling to the Falls, “It can be dangerous if you don’t know what to expect.”
Those who know the family have expressed their grief and devastation. According to CBS News, one said Melissa “was so active with the children” and that the circumstances surrounding her death aren’t surprising. Maureen McDonnell, who attends church with the family, said, “her bravery is amazing.”
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