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article imageMan drowns after trying to rescue boy from river

By Owen Weldon     Aug 25, 2014 in Lifestyle
The family of Michael Lumahang identified him as the man who drowned while he was trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River.
According to CBC, the incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Saturday. Paramedics in Ottawa responded to a report of someone drowning at Bate Island.
The boy, who was the son of Lumahang's friend, was rescued by another man, but Lumahang didn't return to the shore, according to Ottawa Sun.
Lumahang was with a group of people who lived in the same apartment complex as he did, and they were all at a picnic. Lumahang and the boy went to the shore of the island to fish. The boy ended up in the water and then he got caught up in the current.
The boy's stepfather said that Lumahang is a hero because he gave his life for another.
After the boy was rescued he was treated for mild hypothermia, according to Ottawa Citizen.
Paramedics, police and firefighters searched for Lumahang, but they were unable to find him after searching both sides of the river. When darkness fell, the Ottawa police Marine, Dive and Trail unit took over and searched for him all night.
On Sunday morning sonar the police were using picked up "something unusual" at the bottom of the river. It ended up being Lumahang's body, which was about 90 metres from the beach on the island.
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