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Boater Jumps In River To Save Man Overboard, Both Drown

June 07, 2018 - 10:34 am

PORT HURON (WWJ) - The St. Clair County Sheriff's office has identified two men whose bodies were recovered from a river.

The trouble began Wednesday afternoon when dispatchers got a call about a man, identified as 47-year-old Robert Lewandowski of Port Huron, who had fallen out of an inflatable dinghy into the Black River, located near I-94 in Port Huron.

According to the Sheriff's office, 32-year-old Sumith Alex of Clinton Township was driving a pontoon boat nearby, saw Lewandowski go into the water and then and jumped in after to save him. The two apparently did not know one another.

Neither man resurfaced.

Divers used sonar-equipped boats to locate and recover both men hours later. Lewandowski was found around 8:30 p.m. in 16 feet of water approximately 25 feet from shore, while Alex was located around 9:30 p.m. a short distance up river, about 25 feet from shore. The water temperature was about 62 degrees.

Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday