SAN ANTONIO – A retired Marine and Purple Heart recipient didn’t hesitate to jump in after two teens struggling in a strong water current. He later drowned after saving the two teens.
Authorities say it all started when a teen girl illegally walked across the damn of the of the Medina River and fell in, according to News4SA. Another teen boy jumped in to try to save her.
Marine Rodney Buentello who was visiting the park with his family, jumped in and saved both the teens, according to the Bandera Marshal Office’s Facebook page.
Buentello was not able to escape the river and was pulled under the dam. Crews were not able to reach him and the Bandera Volunteer Fire Department recovered his body down river.
The Bandera Marshal plans on pressing charges against the teen girl who violated the city ordinance for walking across the dam.