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Man dies attempting to save boy from Detroit-area river

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) -

Authorities say a 24-year-old man has died after jumping into a suburban Detroit river while trying to rescue a young boy who fell into the water while feeding ducks.

The Macomb County sheriff's department says Joshua Traylor of Clinton Township was walking with the 3-year-old boy and the boy's mother along a boardwalk that runs along the Clinton River in Mount Clemens on Sunday when the child fell. The man jumped in but went underwater.

Sheriff's Captain John Roberts says a fisherman who jumped in the water rescued the boy, who was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The boy's mother also jumped into the water to assist, but couldn't find Traylor.  Roberts says the river has a fast current and "you can get caught up in it very quickly."

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