Man dies trying to rescue children from central California river

A man who tried to rescue three children from a rushing central California river has died, authorities said.

Emergency personnel responded Wednesday evening to reports of at least two victims in the Kings River near Reedley, according to the Fresno Bee.

Crews rescued an 8-year-old girl, Reedley police said. Two other children made it out of the river safely on their own.

A 28-year-old man who jumped in to help the children was missing after disappearing under water, police said. He was found downstream about an hour later and rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man's name was not immediately released.

The 8-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition.