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Body Pulled from Rouge River Believed to Be Man Who Tried to Save Woman

A 27-year-old Plymouth man jumped into the rain-swollen Rouge River to help save a woman from drowning on May 13.

A body believed to be that of a man who jumped into the Rouge River to save a woman from drowning was found Tuesday. (Patch file photo)
A body believed to be that of a man who jumped into the Rouge River to save a woman from drowning was found Tuesday. (Patch file photo)

Dearborn police think the body of a man pulled from the Rouge River Tuesday is that of a 27-year-old Plymouth man who jumped into the fast current to save a woman from drowning on May 13.

The body was discovered about 11 a.m. a short distance from the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, where the missing man is a student, the Detroit Free Press reports. Police did not release his name in a statement. The man’s body was turned over to his family.

A 23-year-old Dearborn Heights woman, who was not identified, was rescued about 100 yards south of the Henry Ford Estates, where witnesses first saw the pair struggling. She was treated at a nearby hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.

Dearborn Police, assisted by the Michigan State Police and the Downriver Mutual Aid Dive Team, discovered the man’s body.

In the statement, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the police department “expresses our condolences to the victims of this tragedy including the student’s family and University of Michigan Community.”

The man had tried to help a 23-year-old Dearborn Heights woman who was in the water on May 13. She was found along the shore about 100 yards south of the Henry Ford Estate, where she and the man were initially spotted by witnesses. The woman — also a student at the university — was taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries after she was found, but a condition update was not immediately available today.
Joseph Borrajo May 21, 2014 at 07:47 AM
Sad story. Again, the tenuous nature of life. P3

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