The man who lost his life yesterday while trying to save the life of an 11-year-old girl who was drowning with her father in the waters of Miami-Beach was identified as Cuban.
The Hialeah resident was identified as Ariel Romero Velázquez, 49 years old.
Romero jumped into the water with Howard Stover, a tourist from Ohio, after realizing that the girl and her father were struggling to stay afloat.
According to witnesses, a wave hit the two people in a yellow inflatable boat, causing it to overturn and the girl and her father to fall into the sea.
The tourist managed to help the girl, however Romero could not reach them and was carried away by the current.
The Cuban ended up being dragged to shore, however when he arrived he was unconscious and was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he soon lost his life.
Yesterday the coast guard found the father’s body, Kirk Munguía, 42, on a nearby Miami Beach.
According to Telemundo 51, which contacted Ariel Romero’s family, assures that the Cuban was described by those who knew him as a good person at the service of others.
“Good father, good husband, good son, good everything, he has helped everyone, he will always be in my memory, he is my father and I love him,” said Romero’s son.
Similarly, the Cuban’s wife indicated that she was devastated and that she never imagined the commotion she witnessed at the scene last Wednesday was related to her partner.
“He was already foaming at the mouth, he was no longer conscious, I saw his eyes half open, I thought he was awake. This is very hard, “he told the aforementioned media.
Both Romero’s family and that of the deceased father opened a project on the Gofundme platform in which they request help to cover funeral expenses.