Man drowned after jumping into lake to save dog

A tragedy unfolded on a lake in Alachua County, Florida, on Monday evening when a dog fell from a boat, into the water, and a young man went in to try and save him. According to multiple sources, 22-year-old James Curtis Jr. jumped into Little Lake Santa Fe to rescue his pit bull after the dog tumbled into the water.

Tragically, both the dog, and the man who tried to save him, drowned.

Curtis was in a boat with his girlfriend and 8-year-old niece – the pair made it back to shore safely and told the authorities that Curtis never resurfaced after going into the water. His body was finally found six hours after he went into the water, reports Jax 4 News.

Curtis is described as both gracious and selfless – a fundraiser has been established to help his family cover burial costs. Find the GoFundMe account here.

(Image via GoFundMe)

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