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Good Samaritan saves boy, can't save man from drowning

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Video: Good Samaritan helps with Euclid Beach rescue

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CLEVELAND -- One man has died after attempting to save a boy from drowning at Euclid Beach Park Saturday evening. 

Rescue crews first received a call for a swimmer in distress came in around 4:35 p.m. 

Fire crews say two people were missing in the water.

Witnesses say a 24-year-old man was in the water, attempting to help a boy in distress.

According to Metroparks Rangers, a boy was found by a good Samaritan who heard the calls for help. The good Samaritan ran down to the beach and pulled the boy out of the water in less than 5 minutes.

The mother's aunt tells Channel 3 News that the boy, his mother and Traveno Sledge, 24, of Euclid were playing in the water when a wave separated them.

Rescue crews arrived and took the boy to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. There are conflicting reports regarding the boy's age, but family members say he is recovering well.

Over an hour after the initial call, dive teams pulled Sledge from the water. Eyewitnesses say he is the boyfriend of the child's mother.  

Sledge was taken to Euclid Hospital by rescue crews where he later died.

The area where the boy was swimming does not have a lifeguard on duty.

Both the Cleveland Fire Department and Cleveland Metroparks Rangers had dive teams at the scene.

The U.S. Coast Guard also responded to assist with search efforts.

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