Tragedy struck at Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, when a man lost his life while rescuing two children who were in distress while swimming. The courageous act of Marvin Alexan Fernandez Chicas, 37, ended in tragedy as he disappeared in the water after successfully bringing the children to safety. The incident occurred on Thursday evening, leaving the community in mourning and highlighting the dangers of swimming in prohibited areas.
Marvin Alexan Fernandez Chicas, a devoted family man and employee at a local horse farm, was fishing with his 3-year-old son when the incident took place. According to an online fundraiser set up by his family, Chicas was doing what he loved most – fishing – when he noticed the two children struggling in the water. Without hesitation, he jumped into action, saving the children from a potential drowning. Tragically, Chicas himself succumbed to the water’s depths, sacrificing his life for the sake of others.
The GoFundMe campaign, which describes Chicas as a hero, has already raised over $36,000 to support his grieving family. The Bucks County coroner’s office confirmed that Chicas died from drowning, and the manner of his death is believed to be accidental. Coroner Meredith Buck expressed her deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time.
Wesley Robinson, spokesperson for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, provided further details about the incident. He stated that the two children were struggling in the Tohickon Creek in the cliffs area around 5 p.m. on Thursday. Chicas bravely entered the water, successfully bringing the children to shore. However, he encountered difficulties himself and was unable to make it back safely. Divers discovered his body in Lake Nockamixon more than two hours later.
Swimming is strictly prohibited in both the creek and the 1,450-acre Lake Nockamixon, the largest lake in Bucks County. Fire Chief Harry Grim of Haycock Township, who was involved in the search operation, emphasized the deceptive and dangerous nature of many parts of the lake. Grim explained that people often underestimate the risks, stepping into deep areas and tragically losing their lives. He expressed his sadness over the incident and urged visitors to adhere to safety regulations.