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South Dakota boy dies saving sister from drowning in Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A family is mourning the loss of a hero after a 10-year-old boy died saving his sister from the Big Sioux River in South Dakota.

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced on social media a large-scale rescue operation was taking place near Hudson. Multiple agencies assisted the LCSO in searching the Big Sioux River for a missing 10-year-old boy, a post on Facebook stated.

By 10:30 p.m., the LCSO reported on Facebook a dive team had recovered the boy’s body.

Ricky Lee Sneve was identified as the victim by his family. His mother, Nicole Eufers, said he was out on the river with his dad and siblings.

“A couple of the siblings fell in the water. Dad jumped in for two of them, and Ricky jumped in to save his sister Chevelle,” Eufers told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA TODAY Network.

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