SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Like many other immigrants that come to the U.S., Crescencio Ramos Ramirez, 33, a native of Guerrero, Mexico, came to Santa Barbara looking for a better life for him and his family.
Tragically, Crescencio's life was cut short on March 30 when he drowned trying to save the life of a young girl in the sandspit area near the Santa Barbara Harbor. Investigators say Ramos swam out to the girl but was caught in a rip tide and was pushed toward one of the buoys about 20 feet away from the shore.
A surfer pulled Crescencio out of the water, but he was unresponsive. Despite resuscitation efforts by medical personnel, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Crescencio had been at the beach Thursday with his family when they saw the young girl struggling in the water, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department. Others assisted getting the girl out of the water and she is reportedly doing fine. Earlier reports indicated he was trying to save his own daughter, but officials now say there was no family relation.
Santa Barbara police said Crescencio was already unresponsive when the surfer reached him, and the strong current was making it difficult for the rescuer to swim while keeping the victim afloat.
Crescencio worked at the Bacara Resort and Spa and had been part of the El Encanto team since 2014, according to a GoFundMe page set up in his memory. According to the page, Crescencio had been in Santa Barbara since 2005.
Crescencio is survived by his two children, 6-year-old Angel and 3-year-old Bryan.
Click here to visit the GoFundMe page.