Man drowns near Denison Dam trying to save two children

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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- A man drowned in the River River Sunday evening after he went under trying to save two children and was swept away.

Oklahoma troopers tell us two children were swimming in the river near the Denison Dam, when witnesses say they heard screaming and saw 36-year-old Antonio Salazar-Garcia run in to try and save them.

Troopers say he was able to reach the 10-year-old girl, but was pushed under the water and never resurfaced.

OHP says both kids were saved by people on a nearby boat. One was revived by bystanders before being transported to a Denison hospital.

Salazar-Garcia's body was recovered around 6:30 p.m. after crews searched for about an hour.

Troopers say it is always better to throw someone a flotation device or life jacket instead of going after someone and risking your own life.

Both children are okay. A woman tells us she performed CPR and brought one child back to life.

"I was just sitting, I had said I know CPR. One of those family members came up to me, and I was in a dead sprint to her, I fell to my knees," said Jenna Edwards.

Troopers said it is a no swimming area and people must be especially careful letting kids swim in the water.

"Don't swim here. If you got children watch them," said trooper Scott King. "If they're not strong swimmers, they need to have life jackets on."