A 35-year-old man drowned while trying to rescue his son at Coyote Creek in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Rich Glennon said.
Emergency crews were called around 2 p.m. Sunday to respond to the incident at a series of large ponds behind the Parkway Lakes RV Park off Ogier Avenue.
"A group of children and adults were enjoying the water when some of the kids had trouble swimming due to currents and depth of the water," Glennon said in a press release.
At least one of the kids was described by Glennon as in extreme distress when his father jumped in to save the boy.
The father is identified as Saul Garcia.
"He was unable to get himself to safety and went under the water and didn't rise back up," Glennon said.
A Sheriff's Office dive team located Garcia's body hour later about 15 feet underwater.
Garcia leaves behind his wife and two children. A GoFundMe account has been established for his family.