Parr’s effort to rescue someone in trouble was typical of him, his mother, Becca Parr, said Monday.
“From the day he was born, he was so selfless,” she said. “I know he didn’t think for a moment, ‘I could die,’ he just did what he could. He was a loving soul, kind-hearted and never put himself first.”
Parr’s death remains under investigation, and the State Police Marine Patrol is asking witnesses to come forward, authorities said.
Melissa Bagley, 44, of Lynn, Massachusetts, drowned Tuesday while trying to rescue her 10-year-old son, who had fallen into a swift current while visiting Franconia Falls.
The deaths of Parr and Bagley occurred about 20 miles (32 kilometers) apart in the White Mountain National Forest.