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Man Dies After Falling Into Chicago River Trying To Get Back Cell Phone

A Minnesota man died after he fell into the Chicago River early Monday, when he dropped his cell phone in the water and tried to retrieve it.

According to KARE 11, a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman also fell into the water. The 23-year-old is in stable condition at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. The 21-year-old woman is still missing and is presumed dead. All three were from St. Paul.

Authorities said that a 26-year-old man dropped his phone in the river along the Chicago Riverwalk after midnight. He climbed over a fence and fell in the icy river while trying to find his phone. His two friends jumped in the river to try and help him.

“We were walking to the fountain this way, and my friend said he heard a yell of help,” witness Luis told CBS Chicago. “At first I didn’t believe it, you know, so we decided to keep walking this way. We wanted to keep sightseeing. As we got closer, we heard it again, and I heard it again too, and as we got closer, we yelled out, ‘Where you at?’”

Luis said he spoke with the man who was yelling, and kept asking if anybody else was in the water with him.

“He told me he had a friend that he was holding on to, and that there was a girlfriend too that fell in the water, that was under the water, but he couldn’t find her,” he said.

Police and Fire Department divers pulled the two men out of the water, but suspended their search around 3 a.m., with the woman still nowhere to be found.

The 26-year-old man died later at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The search for the 21-year-old woman’s body resumed at about 8:30 a.m., and continued until 2 p.m., police said.


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