Police release further details in man's Saginaw River drowning - WNEM TV 5

Police release further details in man's Saginaw River drowning

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Police are not releasing the name of the man who jumped off the Genesee Bridge into the Saginaw River on Sunday afternoon.

The man died after being in the icy river for an undisclosed time. Rescue attempts were made by multiple agencies to fish him out of the water.

The medical examiner has classified the man's drowning death as accidental. There had been rumors circulated that the man was being pursued by police, but Saginaw County Sheriff Lt. Randy Pfau says he has found no evidence to support that claim.

Pfau said a firefighter went into the water after the man and sustained hypothermia. He said dive team members couldn't deploy a boat because of ice chunks in the river, delaying the rescue.

An emergency medical team performed life-saving measures on the man Sunday, and took him to St. Mary's of Michigan hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we learn more about the incident.

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