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Drowning victim's family trying to make sense of tragic accident


"My aunt called me. She told me he drowned," Arnulfo Quinto, Amezcua's cousin.

Quinto got that phone call Sunday, and headed straight to the hospital. That's where he found Amezcua dead.

"Wonderful guy. He was a friend. Like a brother to everybody," said Quinto.

George Wyth State Park Ranger, Gary Dusenberry, was in the camp ground when he got the call around five to return to the beach for a possible drowning.

When he got there he asked everyone to come together and help find Amezcua in the water.

"I asked the beach people right there to form a human chain and start sweeping the area, which they did start doing that and then some lady, some person yelled out anybody that can swim get in here and help. At that time about 20 to 30 people that were on the beach went charging into the water," said Dusenberry.

When Amezcua was pulled from the water he was unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

What happened at the beach at George Wyth Lake, Sunday remains a mystery to Amezcua's family.

"I don't know why, how it happened," said Quinto.

Amezcua's family said he knew how to swim and went to George Wyth often.

They have set up a benefit account at Veridian Credit Union under his name. They are trying to raise ten thousand dollars to send his body back to Mexico to be with his family.

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