A mother of one has drowned after heroically entering the sea to try and save two men she spotted struggling in the water.
Scharlene Ferreira Rodrigues, 38, died in the municipality of Ipojuca, in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Alagoas, on the morning of August 31 (local time).
She lived in the city of Campo Grande in the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but was on holiday in the popular resort of Porto de Galinhas with four friends at the time.
Witnesses say they saw two men drinking on the beach in front of a hotel in the early morning before they entered the sea and began to drown.
They claim they then saw Scharlene enter the water to try to save them. She apparently spent more than four minutes trying to rescue the men before getting into difficulty herself.
A retired lifeguard who happened to be passing by at the time spotted the trio and entered the sea to try to save them. He was able to get all three out of the water.
One man, who was not named, did not require medical attention, but Scharlene and 28-year-old Kairo Cesar Pimentel Felipe from the west-central state of Goias were taken to hospital.
Kairo apparently survived, but his current health condition is unclear.
But Scharlene had ingested a lot of water and was undergoing cardiac arrest when she was admitted to hospital.
Despite their best efforts, doctors were unable to revive her.
Six people rescued from same spot the day before
Authorities have since said the spot the men and Scharlene entered is considered dangerous as there is an underwater trench that facilitates currents.
They said six people got into difficulty in the same spot the previous day, but they were all rescued immediately.
Scharlene worked for a travel agency in Campo Grande.
She hailed from the municipality of Nova Andradina in Mato Grosso do Sul and apparently had a son who was born in 2015 or 2016, according to information from her Facebook page.
"Live today, because yesterday is gone and the future is unpredictable," her Facebook bio reads.
Police are investigating the case.
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