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Rochester Man Dies Saving Swimmer While on Vacation

A Rochester man died saving a friend's son from drowning during a tropical vacation last week reported The Star Tribune.

Marcus Mack, 35, died saving D'Angelo Tines, 10, after large wave engulfed them and several others off a Limon, Costa Rica beach.

The two were riding the waves during a cruise stop when the waves overwhelmed them. Mack pulled the boy to the surface and pushed him toward the shore. D'Angelo survived. Mack did not.

"My son came up, and said, 'Mom, they're drowning! They're drowning!" Jenny Tines, Mack's friend and they boys mother said. If Mack had not have there her son would have absolutely died on the Carnival Cruise vacation Tines said.

Tines watched as her husband, saved a young girl in their group and then tried to save the life of Mack.

Tines thought Mack was safe when he caught ahold of small buoy ran out to him by a worker at a nearby park, but he suddenly lost hold and disappeared in the waters.

Mack's body was eventually brought from the water's. Members of the group tried to revive him, but it was too late.

Mack was described by Tines as a man with "a million-dollar smile," who was a loving a father. Tines said tha friends and family do not want his life story to be about his death.

Mack's, who owned a party promoter and disc jockey business, body was flown back to Minnesota today.

A memorial is being held for him for him Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and his funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Both services will be held at Rochester Community Baptist Church. memorials can be made to the Mack Fund, Edward Jones finacial services, 4057 28th St. NW., Suite 400, Rochester, MN 55901.

Mack is survived by his girlfriend, Nicole Arnold of Rochester; children, Alanah L. Mack, Marcus A. Mack and Carmelo M. Mack, all of Rochester; brothers Elliott Norwood and Rashad Norwood, and sister Lisa Norwood, all of Rochester.

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