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Friday, September 21, 2012

Fatality reported after 2 pulled from Chicago River

A man who died after plunging into the Chicago River from the Michigan Avenue bridge this afternoon has been identified, authorities said.A tourist from Malaga, Spain who jumped into the water to try and rescue him survived.
Antonio Peterson, 26, of the 2400 block of West Flournoy Street, was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The victim was pulled from the water by police divers.
The person who jumped in to help was rescued by a water taxi and seemed “OK,’’. He had taken off his shoes before going into the water.
The Good Samaritan was standing along the river near Lower Wacker Drive when he saw a man hit the water and jumped in.
The Good Samaritan, a tourist from Malaga, Spain, "held his position" after trying to help Peterson and guided the rescue crews.
Workers for Wendella, which operates the water taxis, threw a flotation device to the first man but he did not grab it
The man sunk below the surface and the Good Samaritan was not able to get hold of him. A passing boat radioed police.
A marker was placed where the man’s body was last seen, and the man was pulled out by Marine Unit diver Kevin Kelly, who handed him to paramedics who performed CPR.
The death is being investigated as a suicide

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