By Hayley Vaughn

A family is mourning the loss of a hero after a 10-year-old boy died saving his sister from the Big Sioux River.

The body of Ricky Lee Sneve was recovered Saturday night, Lincoln County sheriff’s officials said.

Ricky Lee Sneve

After the three younger siblings fell into the water, father Chad Sneve tried to rescue two of the children while Ricky jumped in to retrieve his younger sister.

Ricky was able to push his sister back on shore, but when his father and siblings returned to land, Ricky was missing, his mother Nicole Euffers told the Argus Leader.

Family: Boy drowned saving sister

The young boy is now regarded by family and friends as a hero who risked his life to save his loved ones.

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