A 44-year-old Massachusetts esthetician perished while trying to save her 10-year-old when he fell into a waterfall.
Mother-of-four was out on a family hike to distant Franconia Falls.
Melissa’s police lieutenant husband saved the child.
Police have named the mother-of-four who lost her life while attempting to save her son, 10, who was caught in a swift river at a scenic location in New Hampshire.
The kid lost his balance by the Franconia Falls on Tuesday when Melissa Bagley, 44, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was hiking with her family nearby.
According to Sergeant Heidi Murphy of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, “He could not get out of the pool as it was a fast, circulating current.”
“The mother jumped into the river to assist her child and started having trouble right away.”
The boy’s 18-year-old brother jumped in to assist his mother and sibling, but as Melissa dove under the water, he was stuck between some boulders.
While their father looked for Melissa, two other kids helped the lads.
The Everett police department’s Lt. Sean Bagley ultimately discovered his wife on a rock, where he attempted CPR but was unable to rescue her.
According to Melissa’s Facebook profile, the couple very recently got married.
According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Melissa, who ran the Euphoria Esthetics spa in Swampscott, arrived at the Lincoln Woods trailhead with her family and a friend at around one in the afternoon.
They were going to swim at the falls, which are a popular hiking spot.
The father assisted in bringing his older son to safety and then waited with the mother until help arrived at the location, which was more than three miles into the woods.
According to the New Hampshire State Police, the mother was pronounced dead at the scene, and the 18-year-old son was injured and sent to Littleton Hospital in Littleton, New Hampshire.
The death was claimed to be under investigation, although it doesn’t seem like drugs or alcohol were involved.
Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria wrote on the city’s Facebook page, “As a parent, I know that there is nothing that any parent would not do for their child.”
He said, “Melissa did everything she could to protect her family and her children.”
“The events of yesterday were beyond Sean and his family’s comprehension.”
This tragic event is an important reminder to us all to never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how much they mean to you.
“I ask our community to please keep Sean and his family in your thoughts, while also asking that we give them the time and space they need to mourn the death of Melissa.”
Everett Police issued the following statement: “While we appreciate all of your outreach, we ask that Lt. Bagley and his family be allowed the time and space to grieve Melissa’s passing.
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