Drowning victim might have rescued children

Friday, June 22, 2012 5:54 PM
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Travis Hacker, 27, drowned Wednesday.  SPECIAL
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Travis Hacker, 27, drowned Wednesday.

A 27-year-old Augusta man drowned Wednesday at Thurmond Lake in McCormick County.

Travis Hacker was spending the day at the lake with his family when he walked away from the picnic area to get into the water about 4:30 p.m.

When he returned to his mother, Mona Dantignac, he could not breathe and collapsed in her arms.

McCormick County Coroner Faye Puckett said an off-duty nurse helped administer CPR until paramedics arrived. Hacker was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he died.

Dantignac is not absolutely sure what caused her son to drown, but she has been told he was saving two children.

“That’s Travis,” she said. “He’s that type of person.”

She said she had not worried about Hacker when he went toward the water. Because he could not swim, she said, he never got in too far.

Earlier in the day, Dantignac had gotten into the lake and noticed children playing in the water. She remembered worrying about them as she walked back to the picnic site.

Hacker had children of his own – 18-month-old twin boys.

“He’s a lovable person,” Dantignac said. “He’ll do anything for anyone.”

Dantignac said she wished the person whose children Hacker might have saved would come forward so she would know.

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KSL 06/22/12 - 06:21 pm
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How very sad. If you plan to

How very sad. If you plan to spend any time around water with children you need to make certain they know how to swim.

KSL
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KSL 06/22/12 - 08:33 pm
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My deepest condolences to

My deepest condolences to the family.

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HighSociety 06/22/12 - 10:21 pm
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So sad. Prayers for the

So sad. Prayers for the famiy.

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Riverman1 06/23/12 - 05:44 am
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Very sad. It's strange that

Very sad. It's strange that he got out of the water and walked back before succumbing.

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curly123053 06/23/12 - 06:42 am
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Died A Hero

On another media report they said he had finished assisting some kids who were in trouble in the water. During that event he swallowed to much water, which resulted in his collapse. A friend of mine who works for Emergency Management in McCormick County verified that account of the incident.

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