Divers recover body of woman who fell into icy Chicago River - KMSP-TV

Divers recover body of woman who fell into icy Chicago River

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The body of a woman presumed to be the 21-year-old who fell in the Chicago River early Monday was found Wednesday afternoon.

The woman was recovered by the Chicago Police Marine Unit a few minutes before 2 p.m., according to a police source. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed a woman's body was found in the river Wednesday afternoon, but could not immediately confirm her identity.

The 21-year-old woman has been missing since she fell into the water along with two friends early Monday.

One of the friends, 26-year-old Ken Hoang, climbed over a fence in the 400 block of East Water Street to reach for his phone after he dropped it into the river, authorities said.

The 21-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man both fell in the river trying to help Hoang, authorities said.

The two men were pulled from the river a few minutes after midnight, according to Fire Media Affairs.

Hoang, of St. Paul, Minn., was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 3:14 a.m. Monday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday found Hoang drowned, and listed alcohol toxicity as a secondary factor, the medical examiner's office said. His death was ruled an accident.

Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang, 23, was released Wednesday from Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, where he had been taken for treatment, according to hospital spokesperson Linda O'Dwyer.

"I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support at this very difficult time. Thank you to the people of Chicago, the first responders, and, especially, thanks to Luis Bertrand, who came to my aid and called 9-1-1. He is our hero," Hoang said in a statement.

"I lost two good friends. It's not easy seeing your friend drift away and having one die in your arms. I have never felt so helpless in my life. The situation is very emotionally difficult and out of respect for the families involved I would like to leave it at that," Hoang said.

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