Aug 31, 2016 1:34 PM

Man who drowned saving child at NH vacation spot died 'a hero'

BRISTOL, N.H. - A man died trying to save a child from drowning in a popular New Hampshire swimming spot.

People swimming at Profile Falls in Bristol heard screams and noticed two kids struggling. The man, who has been identified as Thai M. Chinh, jumped into the water and never resurfaced.

The kids were pulled from the water and are reportedly okay, but it remains unclear what happened when the man jumped into the water.

Locals called Chinh a hero.

"He's definitely a hero," Kim Hawkins told FOX25. "It's just a little scary as to why everybody was having trouble."

The water isn't terribly deep and locals say they don't consider it a dangerous spot.

N.H. State Police said four kids - ages 7, 8, 10, and 13 - were swimming under the waterfall when one of them began to struggle.

Chinh, a 39-year-old relative of the kids, jumped into help and went under. He didn't resurface and the three other kids also started to struggle.

Investigators from the marine patrol say good Samaritans at the falls performed a water rescue of their own and got all of the children out of the water and to shore.

But they were too late to save the man. His body was recovered about six miles down the Smith River.

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