Minnesota man dead, woman missing after trying to retrieve phone from river
BY GEORGE SLEFO AND JORDAN OWEN Staff Reporters January 13, 2014 12:51AM
The scene where two people were rescued from the Chicago River near 400 N. McClurg Ct. early Monday. | George Slefo/Sun-Times Media Wire
Updated: January 15, 2014 2:34PM
One man is dead, a woman is missing and another man remains hospitalized after the three fell into the Chicago River in the Streeterville neighborhood while trying to retrieve a cell phone from the water.
Ken Hoang, 26, climbed over a fence in the 400 block of East Water to reach for his phone after he dropped it into the river, authorities said. Hoang’s two friends, a man and woman, tried to help him, but also fell into the water.
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., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The other man, 23, remains in fair condition at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital early Monday.
The Chicago Police Marine Unit suspended a three-hour search for the 21-year-old woman early Monday, police said. A police official at the scene said there was zero visibility in the water during the search effort.
The search will resume later Tuesday morning, police said.