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June 30, 2023

Man drowns in Lake Nockamixon after rescuing two children

Marvin Alexan Fernandez Chicas, 37, died after helping two young swimmers who appeared to be in distress, authorities said

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Lake Nockamixon Drowning Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

Rescue crews responded to Lake Nockamixon for a report of a man missing in the water on Thursday. His body was recovered from the lake and he was later identifed as 37-year-old Marvin Alexan Fernandez Chicas.

A 37-year-old man drowned Thursday afternoon in Lake Nockamixon after he rescued two children who were in the water, the Bucks County coroner's office said.

Emergency crews were called to the lake around 4:45 p.m. after a man was reported missing in the water off Mountain View Drive in Haycock Township.

The man pulled from the water was identified Friday morning as Marvin Alexan Fernandez Chicas, of Telford.

Authorities said Chicas helped the two children who were swimming in the lake and appeared to be in distress. His death was ruled accidental after an autopsy Friday morning.

At 1,450 acres, Lake Nockamixon is the largest lake in Bucks County.

"Our office extends its deepest condolences to (Chicas's) family and friends during this difficult time as they process this tragic loss," said Bucks County Coronor Meredith Buck.