Michael Lumahang drowns after trying to rescue boy from Ottawa River

Family members have identified 39-year-old Michael Lumahang as the drowning victim who tried to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River on Saturday. Ottawa police recovered Lumahang's body from the water Sunday morning.

Boy, 12, rescued by 24-year-old man but another man drowns while trying to assist

Michael Lumahang of Ottawa drowned while trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River 2:04

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.

Family members of Michael Lumahang, including his wife, above, await news of the Ottawa man Saturday night near the Ottawa River. (CBC)
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 and Ottawa fire rescue team searched and 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.


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