OTTAWA: Michael Lumahang drowned while trying to help rescue 12-year-old boy from river
Boy, 12, rescued by 24-year-old man but another man drowns while trying to assist
CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:29 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 24, 2014 1:57 PM ET
Family members have identified Michael Lumahang of Ottawa as the man who drowned while trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River.
Ottawa paramedics say they responded to a report of someone drowning at Bate Island near the Champlain Bridge just before 7 p.m. Saturday.
When they arrived, paramedics treated a 12-year-old boy for mild hypothermia.
Police said two men were fishing when they saw the boy in the water. They said a 24-year-old man rescued the boy and was uninjured.
A 39-year-old man also jumped in the water to help with the rescue, but he disappeared. The police marine and dive unit found his body on Sunday at about 6:35 a.m.
Family members have identified the man as Michael Lumahang, 39, who lived in Ottawa but was originally from Manila, Philippines.