Hesperia father who drowned in California Aqueduct rescuing his son is identified
The father who drowned rescuing his 9-year-old son after the boy fell into the California Aqueduct in Hesperia Sunday, has been identified as Osbaldo Rodriguez, 31, of Hesperia.
Rodriguez and his son were riding bicycles when the boy lost control of his bike and went into the water, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said.
After rescuing his son, the 31-year-old man never resurfaced.
HESPERIA: #SBCoFD onscn of WATER RESCUE in California Aqueduct. One adult male witnessed submerging near RancheroAve. BC148 is AqueductIC. Req dive team support from @sbcountysheriff. ^eas
— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) February 4, 2018
Authorities were called at 12:48 p.m., and the sheriff’s dive team began searching for the man in the water near Ranchero Road and 11th Avenue, east of the 15 Freeway. They found his body about 4:30 p.m. a short distance away from where he went in, authorities said.
“This man did what any reasonable person would do under these circumstances, he saved his son,” wrote Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department in an email. “This is a very tragic accident.”
The aqueduct is a popular area of bicyclists, walkers and joggers, but Bachman warns people should be extra careful because the water is very cold and swift-moving, and the sides of the aqueduct are very slippery, making it extremely difficult to hold onto anything for safety.
There were at least six deaths in the aqueduct in the Hesperia area in 2017. In February, a Victorville man drowned after rescuing his dog, which had fallen into the aqueduct.
In March, a Hesperia mom and two of her three young sons died when their car crashed through a fence and into the water; the 2-year-old boy’s body wasn’t found for two weeks. Another woman died after her car […]