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Man and his nephew are dead after aqueduct rescue attempt

June 28, 2012 |  3:16 pm

A boy who fell into the California Aqueduct in Hesperia and his uncle, who jumped into try to rescue him, have both died at a local hospital, officials said.

The two were walking a dog when the boy fell in the water around noon, said Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office. The man, identified by the Victorville Daily Press as the boy's uncle, dove in to save him.

A second boy walking with the two flagged down a water department employee, who called 911, Miller said. Sheriff's deputies and medics arrived, pulled the pair from the water and took them to the hospital, where they were later pronounced dead.

Their names and ages were not immediately available.

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