HUDSON, SD — The body of a 10-year-old boy was recovered from the Big Sioux River near Hudson, SD, Saturday evening, June 12, after a large-scale rescue operation.
The boy, Ricky Sneve of Hudson, is the son of Nicole Eufers and Chad Sneve, both of Hudson.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by the boy's uncle, Ricky Eufers, the boy jumped into the river after his 5-year-old sister, Chevelle, fell in. Ricky was able to get his sister to safety but he did not come back up to the shore.
At about 7:20 p.m. the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Canton, SD, posted on its Facebook page, “There is currently a large-scale rescue operation underway near Hudson, SD. First responders from multiple counties and agencies are searching the river for a missing 10-year-old boy.”
Among those first responders were Hudson Fire and Rescue, Hawarden Fire and Rescue, Ireton Fire and Rescue, Alcester Fire and Rescue and Akron Fire and Rescue along with several other departments, dive teams and police departments. Hawarden Fire and Rescue was called to respond to the scene at 4:15 p.m.
An update by the Lincoln County Sheriff at 10:27 p.m. stated the dive team had recovered the body of the 10-year-old boy.
“We unfortunately have a tragic update to the situation in Hudson,” the release read. “We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. Our sympathies are with the family and the first responders who assisted in the recovery.”
"My nephew jumped into the Big Sioux River to help his little sister who had fallen in and didn’t come back up to the shore after getting his little sister to safety," according to the GoFundMe page. "Ricky Lee was a very intelligent and smart young boy who loved his family and was an adventurous little guy. He’d do anything to help his mom or anyone at that, without ever being asked. Ricky gave his life trying to do what he knew was best. Please help my sister Nicole have some relief in these absolutely difficult times. Al donations will be sent to her relief."
To donate, visit the GoFundMe site at gofund.me/31945012. A total of $9,380 had been raised of the page's $3,000 goal as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday.