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Man Drowns While Saving Kid at Oklahoma-Texas Border

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A man sacrificed himself Saturday afternoon saving a child from drowning in the Red River.

38-year-old Kenneth Cowart of Denison, Texas, spotted a child in the river who was unable to make it to shore near the Denison Dam.

Cowart reportedly went into the water, rescued the child, and attempted to cross a spot in the river that was eight-feet deep where the current was stronger.

Cowart was able to push the kid across the stronger current but was too weak to make it across himself—according to an OHP Troop E report.

The child's father and sibling had reportedly been in the river with the rescued child, but they had been separated.

Bryan County Undersheriff Ken Golden told KTUL.com that the child and family were from Princeton, Texas.

Cowart was pulled under the current around 3:30 p.m. and never resurfaced. Officials located his body about 60 feet down the river from where he was last seen just after 5:00 p.m.

Bryan County EMS, the Bryan County Sheriff's Office, the Denison Fire Department, and volunteers from Calera, Cartwright, and Colbert Fire Departments all assisted the Marine Enforcement Division of OHP and the Army Corp of Engineers.

According to the OHP report, Cowart was not wearing a life vest.

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