EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13) A young Northern California man who sacrificed himself to save two strangers is now being honored in a big way.
Evan Ishima, 24, jumped into the fast-moving and dangerous Cosumnes River to save a stranger struggling but he never made it out.
On May 28, 2020, Ishima was hiking with friends when he noticed someone struggling in the water. He lowered himself into the water while bracing his arms on two boulders. Others then joined in to form a human chain but the force of the river pulled Ishima down and he never resurfaced.
Ishima’s family says a volunteer used equipment to locate all three men and found him underneath the two other victims. They believe he was trying to push them up to the surface.
Now, Ishima and the other young man who jumped in to help are both being honored with the Carnegie Medal.