Man drowns trying to save 5-year-old son at Salt RiverPosted: Updated:
Bystanders rescued boy
Man drowns at Salt River, investigation under way - An adult male drowned at the Salt River over the weekend.
PHOENIX -- A 29-year-old Chandler man drowned while trying to save his small son at the Salt River Sunday evening, and two bystanders are being hailed as heroes after saving the little boy.
Divers from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Officer recovered the body of Joseph Gutierrez shortly before 7 p.m.
Gutierrez and his son were not tubing, but they were in the water near the bridge -- father on a poor-quality raft, son on an inflatable toy dolphin.
The little boy fell off the dolphin and Gutierrez dove into the water, which is almost 17 feet deep, to rescue him.
When Gutierrez started to struggle, two bystanders, who were just in the area watching tubers go by, jumped in to help. The pair managed to get to the little boy and bring him safely to the shore.
Gutierrez didn't make it to the shore. He drowned trying to save his young son.
MCSO divers were called out and were able to eventually recover Gutierrez' body.
The names of the Good Samaritans who saved the little boy have not been made public. While not releasing any information about them, MCSO is calling those people "true heroes." The two so far have opted not to talk to the media, saying only that they're happy they were able to help the child.