Breaking News
More () »

Man drowns after saving young family member

Witnesses told rangers that the man heroically jumped into the river to attempt a rescue.

CHEROKEE, N.C. — Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials say a man is dead from a drowning near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

GSMNP rangers responded to a call around 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 on the Oconaluftee River behind the Mountain Farm Museum in Cherokee, N.C.

Witnesses told rangers that a young family member was in distress and that Bulmaro Morales, 32, heroically jumped into the river to attempt a rescue.

When rangers arrived on scene, the juvenile was safe on shore, but Morales had not resurfaced.

Bystanders and rangers began searching finding him under 10-ft deep of water unresponsive.

Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.

Cherokee EMS and Cherokee Fire and Rescue assisted with the incident.

RELATED: Rock at Mead's Quarry will not be destroyed just yet

RELATED: Teenage boy drowns at Mead's Quarry Lake

RELATED: 'It doesn't go away' | Mother of drowned 20-year-old man urges others to be safe around water

Before You Leave, Check This Out