Celebration of Life for Man Who Died Trying to Save Children
A celebration of life is being held for a man who died June 5 trying to save two boys, nine and twelve-years-old, who were being swept away by swift current in the Eel River. Timothy Hatten and his family had been camped in the Holmes area.
The boys had been “swimming there all day, but then they got in a spot where it was really swift,” explained Hatten’s mother-in-law. Hatten and two others jumped in to save them. Hatten got caught in the current. When one of the other rescuers started to turn back to help, “Timmy hollered at him to go get the kid,” she explained.
When they returned to help Hatten, he was gone. It took a helicopter crew searching the river before they were able to locate his body some time later.
The celebration of life which is a potluck for Hatten will be held on Tuesday, July 26 from 3 P.M. – 6 P.M. in the Fortuna River Lodge at 1800 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna.
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