Hero student, 21, dies and saves the life of the 18-year-old brother by pushing him into the savior's arms before he drowns while a couple struggled while swimming in Lake District
- Bryxzel Galeon, 21, and his brother Ayxzel, 18, ran into difficulties while swimming
- Siblings had been on vacation with family on Lake Ullswater in the Lake District
- A family member said that Bryxzel & # 39; s last act was to bring his younger brother to safety
- Lifeguard Yanek Kowal told how he was confronted with a painful choice about who to help
A student died saving his teenage brother's life by pushing him into the arms of a lifeguard while they both struggled to stay above the water at a popular lake.
Bryxzel Galeon, 21, and his younger brother or sister Ayxzel, 18, ran into difficulties while swimming at Lake Ullswater with friends and family on Thursday.
Yanek Kowal, who watched the couple struggle to reach a pontoon, managed to save Ayxzel, but could not prevent Bryxzel from disappearing under water.
A family member later revealed how Bryxzel & # 39; s last act was to take his younger brother to Mr. Kowal, an experienced former lifeguard who had fished in the lake.
The brothers' uncle Vincent Galeon, a 49-year-old security company employee, said: “This is the most terrible tragedy we can imagine in our family.
Bryxzel Galeon (photo) died saving his younger brother's life by pushing him into the arms of a lifeguard while both struggling to stay above the water at a popular lake
& # 39; The Bryxzel family was there and they saw what was happening, of course they are struggling with everything at the moment, he is a terrible loss to us all.
& # 39; What Bryxzel did was hold his brother Ayxzel up, he held him up while he himself was in more difficult trouble.
& # 39; As a result, we think Mr. Kowal could have taken Ayxzel and brought him to safety; he did the most remarkable thing.
& # 39; We were lucky to meet him at the campsite by the lake and thank him for saving Ayxzel. He also rescued another girl who dived in to help. & # 39;
It is understood that the Bryxzel & # 39; s family graduated from university in the Lake District when the tragedy struck.
Galeon said that Ayxzel found it very difficult & # 39; and & # 39; guilt feelings & # 39; had after the death of his brother.
Bryxzel, 21, and his younger brother or sister Ayxzel, 18, ran into difficulties while swimming on Lake Ullswater with friends and family on Thursday
He added: “We tell him not to feel that way, there is nothing he could have done to change it and we are just thankful that we still have it.
& # 39; The whole family, including his nine-year-old sister, witnessed what happened and it will take some time for them to recover. & # 39;
The family lives in Ilford, East London, but is originally from Bohol in the Philippines.
They started with a gofundme page that is meant to raise enough money to repatriate Bryxzel and let him rest in his hometown where most of his broader family still live.
Regarding the incident, Mr. Kowal said: & They sank very quickly. I could not reach him on time.
& # 39; The other young man began to perish. I had to make the most difficult decision in my life. I decided to save the one who was just under water. & # 39;
Mr. Kowal, who works with the Swimming Teacher Association to train life-saving and first aid, grabbed the 18-year-old and tried to drag him to the shore.
& # 39; I don't know how I made the decision, it was probably just instinct, & # 39; he said. & # 39; People said it was the right one.
& # 39; A young man died, which is a tragedy. But when I was pulled under it, I thought I was going to die, I thought the girl who came to help was dragged, it could easily be four people who lost their lives. & # 39;
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