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Services Set for Santa Barbara Man Who Died During Harbor Rescue Attempt

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Crescencio Ramos Ramirez

Services are planned this week for the Santa Barbara man who died last week at the Santa Barbara Harbor while trying to rescue a young girl who was in distress in the water.

Visitation for Crescencio Ramos Ramirez, 33, will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel at 15 E. Sola St. in Santa Barbara.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 221 N. Nopal St.

Emergency personnel were called out to the harbor at about 5:15 p.m. last Thursday, and found Ramirez on the sand spit at the end of the harbor breakwater.

A harbor patrol officer and bystanders were performing CPR.

Witnesses told Noozhawk that Ramirez, who was with a group of family members, had gone to the aid of a 9-year-old girl who was struggling in the water.

Two Santa Barbara City College students rescued the girl, while a surfer pulled Ramirez to shore.

He was declared dead at the scene.

GoFundMe account with a goal of $25,000 has been set up for Ramirez's survivors, and for paying to return his remains to his native Mexico. As of Tuesday night, the fund had raised $16,431.

Ramirez left behind two sons — Angel, 6, and Bryan, 3.

He was an employee of the Bacara Resort and Spa and the Belmond El Encanto hotel, according to the GoFundMe page.

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