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Day at Turlock Lake turns tragic for family
Local man drowns trying to swim out to children
Turlock Lake
A Turlock man drowned at Turlock Lake on Friday trying to rescue his children (Photo contributed).

A Turlock man trying to swim out to his children on Turlock Lake, slipped under the water and drowned Friday morning, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Juanito Pascua Jr. The coroner’s office said Pascua was in his 50s and was a resident of Turlock.

Pascua was out at the lake with his two young children, who were floating on inflatables near the shoreline. The wind started to increase and blew the inflatables further from the shoreline and Pascua start swimming out to get his two children, said sheriff spokesman Sgt. Josh Clayton.

Pascua started to show signs of tiring and struggled to stay above the water. He slipped underneath the water around an area not too far from the boat ramp.

A boater saw Pascua go under the water and dove in the lake to help him. The man was able to pull him to shore and became giving him CPR. Another Good Samaritan also helped with give CPR until emergency personnel arrived at the scene.

Pascua was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where he was pronounced deceased.

The same boater who had pulled Pascua from the lake, used his boat to go out and pick up Pascua’s two children.