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Officials Recover The Body Of The Father Who Jumped Into The River To Save His Child

ISLETON (CBS13) — Crews have located the body of Moua Lo, who dove into the San Joaquin River after his one-year-old child on March 29.

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Lo was out fishing with his three children on March 29 when his one-year-old fell into the river. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office responded to the area and located two of his children drifting in the boat and also found the one-year-old floating in the river with a life jacket on. The young child was taken to the hospital in critical condition and remains hospitalized, but is recovering.

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The sheriff's office said numerous public safety agencies tried to locate 41-year-old Lo on the day of the incident, but they were unsuccessful.

In the days following, crews searched with sonar units, boats, ground crews, ATVs, and canines. On Sunday, crews searching the area were advised a fisherman found a body in the river.

Deputies assisted the coroner's office with the recovery and the coroner's office confirmed the body was Moua Lo's, on Monday.

The Lo family issued a statement Monday evening after the recovery:

"We, Moua Lo's family, would like to extend our gratitude to family, friends and the greater community. As a result of your determined love and support, we were able to find Moua's body on April 6, 2019. Our family would not have endured the immense shock and sorrow without the kindness and compassion of all those who stood with us. We want to specifically acknowledge Moua's Frito Lay family for their undying support; James Holman, Eddie Eagleton, Fue Her, Ronny Baker and his friend who assisted us at a moment's notice; the three Isleton residents who loaned us their waterfront properties to station our search efforts and the use of their dock for our boats; the Sacramento Sheriffs Office and their partners Tulare Sheriffs Office and the Department of Fish and Game; the Coastguard Rio Vista Station, and the Delta Island Fire Department. Lastly, we want to thank our community for the prayers for Moua's 1 year-old-son who is currently in stable condition. Even though we lost a great husband, father, son, brother, leader and friend, we will never forget all of you who deeply impacted our lives. This weeklong search could not have been endured without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

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