Texas father drowns while saving 6-year-old son who fell into spillway, fire officials say

A Texas father drowned Saturday while saving his 6-year-old son who fell into a spillway, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded around noon to a “very remote area” of the Lake Worth spillway near Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Fire Department said.

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It was difficult for authorities to find the area, with firefighters having to walk about half a mile from their vehicles to reach the scene, fire department spokesman Kyle Clay told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Fire officials said that while the 6-year-old boy safely made it out of the water, his father had drowned after jumping in to rescue him.

“That’s the worst possible result I think, aside from both of them going down,” Clay said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office identified the father as 28-year-old Saul Ortiz of Justin, a city 25 miles north of Fort Worth, local media outlets reported.

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Fire officials are investigating how the boy fell into the water.